IMPACT OF PRINT MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM ON THE DIGITAL PRINTING ENTERPRISE IN NIGERIA

IMPACT OF PRINT MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM ON THE DIGITAL PRINTING ENTERPRISE IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

The study assessed the impact of Print MIS systems on digital printing enterprise in Nigeria. Four purposes and four research questions were formulated to guide the study.

Descriptive survey research design was adopted. The researcher conducted the study in six cities selected from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria namely: Jos, Kaduna, Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Lagos.  The selection was based on the fact that the cities have high concentration of printing firms and therefore have beehive of printing activities. The population of the Study was 1315 print managers. The sample size of 306 was used. This sample was statistically obtained using Taro Yamane’s formula. The instrument adopted for data collection was a 60-item structured questionnaire on a 5-point Likert Scale of Strongly Agree, Agree, Undecided, Disagree and Strongly Disagree. The instrument validated by three experts; one from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, another one from the Department of Art Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the last one from the Department of Printing Technology, Kaduna Polytechnic. Mean and standard deviation were adopted to analyze the data, and the calculated mean score of 3.00 as the cut-off point of either to reject or accept any rated opinion. The findings – human capital development, capacity building and organizational restructuring strategies identified were all required for the implementation of the Print MIS with mean (x) rating score of 4.1. The effects of utilization of Print MIS on workers who had no computer skills was rated with mean (x) score of 3.9. The impact of implementation on the DPE was high, with mean (x) rating score of 4.1.  The major conclusion drawn from this study is that the DPEs were found not to have the full understanding of Print MIS and therefore did not implement it as a core communication tool in the workplace. This is a serious setback for the printing industry in Nigeria and therefore the industry has to come to terms with realities in the sector to address these issues by embracing the technological changes going on globally in the print industry.