Strategic Management of Information Technology (IT) in University Libraries in Ghana

  • Edwin Ellis Badu Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana


The study assesses levels of automation of Ghana five public libraries in Ghana and five university libraries in the UK and relates the findings to two dominant theories on the strategic management of IT namely - Competitive advantage approach and the strategic necessity hypothesis.
The primary findings are that low levels of IT application exists in all the Ghanaian University libraries. There was a positive correlation of IT sophistication and organisational performance as the UK university libraries appeared to out- perform their Ghanaian counterparts in terms of service development. The UK university libraries were also found to exhibit a better fit of IT and strategy integration than the Ghanaian university libraries.
The study concludes with some ideas on how to address the situation.

The Information Technologist Vol.1(1&2) 2004: 25-37

Author Biography

Edwin Ellis Badu, Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana
Dr. E.E. Badu is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana. His research interests are in Academic Librarianship and Information Management. E-mailaddress:

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eISSN: 1597-4316