How do people attempt to integrate the management of their paper and electronic documents?

Matthew Jervis, Masood Masoodian*

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Abstract

Purpose: This article aims to describe how people manage to integrate their use of paper and electronic documents in modern office work environments. Design/methodology/approach: An observational interview type study of 14 participants from 11 offices in eight organizations was conducted. Recorded data were analysed using a thematic analysis method. This involved reading and annotation of interview transcripts, categorizing, linking and connecting, corroborating, and producing an account of the study. Findings: The findings of the study can be categorized into four groups: the roles paper and electronic documents serve in today's offices, the ways in which these documents are managed, the problems associated with their management, and the types of fragmentation that exist in terms of their management and how these are dealt with. Practical implications: The study has identified the need for better integrated management of paper and electronic documents in present-day offices. The findings of the study have then been used to propose a set of guidelines for the development of integrated paper and electronic document management systems. Originality/value: Although similar studies of offices have been conducted in the past, almost all of these studies are prior to the widespread use of mobile and network-based shared technologies in office environments. Furthermore, previous studies have generally failed to identify and propose guidelines for integration of paper and electronic document management systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-155
Number of pages22
JournalAslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Digital documents
  • Document management
  • Electronic documents
  • Information management
  • Office study
  • Office work-flow
  • Paper documents

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