Testing the Relevance of Control Objective for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) in the Higher Learning Institutions in Tanzania

Mugandila, Petro (2014) Testing the Relevance of Control Objective for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) in the Higher Learning Institutions in Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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There has been an increased use of ICT in the world. Together with its immense use there have also been a number of challenges faced and this has led to some people maximizing more of its benefits, whereas, others have been lagging behind. The fast movers, in this case the western countries have developed international guidelines to harmonize the implementations. Such guidelines as ICT frameworks, most specifically COBIT, have gone as far as being made international that all others must follow for proper implementation of ICT. The question was: Can the frameworks be applicable in the non-western countries? There was, therefore, a need to conduct a research titled Testing the Relevance of COBIT in the Higher Learning Institutions in Tanzania. The study focused on profiling the ICT frameworks available in higher learning institutions in Tanzania, validating and ranking the components of COBIT and finally proposing measures for improving the implementation of COBIT. The study used quota sampling with a sample size of 107 respondents including academic staff, non-academic staff and students from both OUT and UDSM. Findings indicated that there was awareness on ICT frameworks amongst respondents, although they had no idea about COBIT framework. The results from multiple regression indicated that management guidelines and audit, control and security were significant to the relevance of COBIT. It is, therefore, recommended that the government should establish an organ to govern all ICT issues and those practicing ICT professionalism should be registered as it is the case for other professionals like accountants who are recognized by NBAA, procurement and supplies managers are organized by NBMM. The institutions should restructure that each new recruited staff be oriented thoroughly in all aspects of ICT regardless of his/her working department and the orientation should be guided by a staff orientation operating manual.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 600 Technology > 658 Gerneral management
Divisions: Faculty of Business Management > Department of Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Mr. Administrator OUT
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2015 11:40
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2015 11:40
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/498

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