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Disturbing Realities Concerning Data Policies in Organizations

Disturbing Realities Concerning Data Policies in Organizations
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Author(s): Donald L. Amoroso (University of Colorado, USA), Fred Mcfadden (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, USA) and Kathy Brittain White (University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA)
Copyright: 1990
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
Pages: 11
Source title: Information Resources Management Journal (IRMJ)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: George Kelley (University of Massachusetts, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.1990040102


The importance of corporate data management cannot be overstated in today’s volatile environment. Several recent studies of IS professionals have found computer-based data utilization to be one of the top five critical IS issues of the 1980s. A study was conducted with 394 end users in 21 Fortune 500 organizations. The results are alarming. Data pollution existed in every one of the firms we explored. Rekeying of corporate data was evident in half of the end users surveyed creating redundancy problems. Data management policies were not found to be widespread presenting a very real concern to practicing managers. Backup and security procedures were found to be loosely enforced on the average. Based on the findings, the authors recommend a contingency approach to managing corporate data. Recommendations are presented to IS managers which encourage a shift from computer management to data management.

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