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Combating the corporate paper war: Electronic mail abuse

M. M. Botha, E. C. Hoffman
SA Journal of Information Management | Vol 10, No 1 | a9 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v10i1.9 | © 2008 M. M. Botha, E. C. Hoffman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 November 2008 | Published: 02 November 2008

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M. M. Botha, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
E. C. Hoffman, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

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The primary objective of the research was to investigate the mailing practices and filing methods in a computer support or administrative environment involving the resulting abuse of paper. In applied research, an exploratory investigation focused on selected higher education institutions in Gauteng with a structured questionnaire as measuring instrument. In the analysis and interpretations of the findings, correlation and cross-tabulation on all sets of variables determined whether any meaningful associations could be found. The investigation indicated that the war against paper abuse is not over by any means. Perceptions regarding a paperless office and assumptions that technology could assist organisations to combat paper abuse were unfounded, mainly because of a lack of guidance, training interventions and control measures. Consequently, follow-up research is presently conducted whereby models will be designed and implemented concomitant with specified computer software features in order to counteract the abuse of paper and facilitate the effective use of information and communication technology interfaced work processes and procedures. This article focuses only on the electronic mail and filing components of the investigation.


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