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TitleCHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF ADOPTING MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (MIS) FOR PASSPORT PROCESSING: COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN LESOTHO AND SOUTH AFRICA
AuthorMaime, Ratakane. Baptista.
SubjectCentral University of Technology, Free State - Dissertations
SubjectManagement information systems
SubjectInternet in public administration
SubjectBiometric identification - Data processing
SubjectFingerprints - Identification - Data processing
SubjectRadio frequency identification systems
SubjectPassports
SubjectDissertations, academic - South Africa - Bloemfontein
Date2015-03-02T06:09:53Z
Date2015-03-02T06:09:53Z
Date2015-03-02
Date2014
TypeThesis
Format3 697 650 bytes, 1 file
FormatApplication/PDF
AbstractThesis ( M. Tech. (Business Administration )) - Central University of Technology, Free State, 2014
AbstractFast and secure public service delivery is not only a necessity, but a compulsory endeavour. However, it is close to impossible to achieve such objectives without the use of Information Technology (IT). It is correspondingly important to find proper sustainability frameworks of technology. Organisations do not only need technology for efficient public service; the constant upgrading of systems and cautious migration to the newest IT developments is also equally indispensable in today’s dynamic technological world. Conversely, countries in Africa are always lagging behind in technological progresses. Such deficiencies have been identified in the passport processing of Lesotho and South Africa, where to unequal extents, problems related to systems of passport production have contributed to delays and have become fertile grounds for corrupt practices. The study seeks to identify the main impediments in the adoption of Management Information Systems (MIS) for passport processing. Furthermore, the study explores the impact MIS might have in attempting to combat long queues and to avoid long waiting periods – from application to issuance of passports to citizens. The reasonable time frame between passport application and issuance, and specific passport management systems, have been extensively discussed along with various strategies that have been adopted by some of the world’s first movers in modern passport management technologies. In all cases and stages of this research, Lesotho and South Africa are compared. The research approach of the study was descriptive and explorative in nature. As a quantitative design, a structured questionnaire was used to solicit responses in Lesotho and South Africa. It was established that both Lesotho and South Africa have somewhat similar problems – although, to a greater extent, Lesotho needs much more urgent attention. Although the processes of South Africa need to be improved, the Republic releases a passport much faster and more efficiently than Lesotho. Economic issues are also revealed by the study as unavoidable factors that always affect technological developments in Africa. The study reveals that the latest MIS for passport processing has facilitated modern, automated border-control systems and resultant e-passports that incorporate more biometric information of citizens to passports – thanks to modern RFID technologies. One can anticipate that this study will provide simple, affordable and secure IT solutions for passport processing. Key words: Information Technology (IT); Management Information Systems (MIS); E-Government; E-Passport; Biometrics; and RFID.
PublisherCentral University of Technology, Free State. Business Administration
Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/11462/237