This study examined the
effect of information technology on entrepreneurship opportunities in
secretarial practice. (A case study of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree) it was to
find out the impact of information technology on the employment of graduate
secretaries. The frame work for data collection for this research work was
built on two research question (i) Does information technology competence enhance
the possibility of setting up secretarial educational centres by secretarial
professional. (ii) Does information technology competence enhance possibility
of establishing computer business centres by secretarial professional? The
population of the study comprise 12 lecturers from the Department of office
technology and management, Osun state polytechnic, Iree.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page i
Table of Content
1.1 Introduction 1
of the Study 1
of the Study 2
of the Study 2
of the Study 3
1.7 Purpose of the Study 4
1.8 Definition of terms 5
2.0 Literature review 6
2.1 What is Organization 6
2.2 Who is a secretary 7
2.3 Entrepreneurship 8
2.4 Information 9
2.5 Effect of information Technology on a
2.6 Training 12
3.0 Introduction 14
3.1 Population and Sample of the Study 14
3.2 Research Instrument 14
3.3 Validity/reliability of the instrument 14
3.4 Method of Data Collection 15
3.5 Method of Data analysis 15
4.0 Introduction 16
4.1 Analysis of Bio-Data 16
4.1 Analysis of Research Question 16
5.0 Introduction 19
5.1 Restatement of the Problem 19
5.2 Summary of Findings and Discussion 19
5.3 Conclusion 21
5.4 Recommendation 22
5.5 Suggestion for Further Study 22
OF THE INFORMATION
Different schools of thought give
different opinion on the introduction of information technology into the
society. While some whole- heatedly embrace it, others are rejecting it with
act part having its supporting reasons.
Today computer as well as other
technological implements plays a very important role in the effective discharge
of business function. Information is required for running a business
Most information required for all
management purposes are either available in a form or raw data. Interestingly computer
for instance can now process data faster, cheaper and more accurately than any
human being. Apart from business organizations, the areas of computer
application have grown in importance comprising sectors of the economy such as
government ministries and parastatals, the petroleum industry the educational
institutions and of course the banking industry.
The increasingly complex nature of
these modern organizations has accelerated demand so seriously that manual
processing has become grossly out dated and inadequate to meet information
requirement in terms of accuracy, responsiveness, security, reliability and
A secretarial course is incomplete
today without which modern information technology equipment revolutionaries
The study will also discuss the
training needed by the secretaries in order to efficiently handle these modern
information technology equipment and the new job opportunities awaiting them in
the organization at the present time.
1.1 Significance of the Study
This study seeks to explain the effect
of information on entrepreneurship opportunities in secretarial practice. The
researcher seeks to throw new light on the best suitable information technology
system available for a secretary’s efficiency in an organization, the training
needed by the secretaries in order to efficiently handle these machines and new
job opportunities awaiting the secretaries in the organization. This will help
both management and the secretaries to determine the best modern information
1.2 Scope of the Study
The scope of the study will be
restricted to the effect of information technology on entrepreneurship
opportunities in secretarial practice, (therefore the findings would be
relevant to Osun State Polytechnic, Iree which is the case study).
1.3 Limitation of the Study
Due to time and financial constraints
coupled with the various risks involved in running helter-skelter to source for
materials and facts needed for this project the choice of organization to be
considered the knowledge of information technology. The introduction of
information technology into the secretarial profession is to enhance
productivity. This has necessitated training, retraining and development of the
secretary on the uses of the modern equipment on information in order to equip
her for the challenges of the modern day; organizational role in the information
technology in any organization cannot be over emphasized
The introduction of modern information
technology system into the secretarial profession has however created a visible
gap between the modern secretary and the traditional secretary who is suddenly
challenged by the need to use hitherto information machines.
The promise that confidential
secretaries can play more management can be greatly boosted through this
emerging technological development. As organization continues to acquire modern
information system, it must be understand the effective utilization of those
technological aids can be realized only if secretaries posses the necessary operational
knowledge, and also display a good attitude to work.
In modern day where employment is not
forth coming the only antidote is to train the product of tertiary
institutions, particularly the polytechnic and colleges of technology to be
Entrepreneurship which aims at
equipping graduate secretaries and preparing them to be self employed in the
face of massive unemployment trailing our graduates today.
The faces of the present study are to
examine the effect of information technology on entrepreneurship opportunities
in secretarial practice.
1.4 Statement of the Problem
The advent of information technology
has led to the fear that office workers will soon lose their jobs to
automation. Indeed Lawal (2004) has confirmed that clerical work is being
rapidly lost in banks and other institutions. This has resulted in considerable
anxiety among secretarial students and personnel. The project is designed to
address the concerns by providing answers to the following questions.
the advent of information technology impacted on employment opportunities for
impact has information technology had a self employment of graduate
the training currently being obtained by secretaries prepare students
adequately in terms of both entrepreneurial and information technology skills?
there any significant difference in extra salary income for those graduate
secretaries with information technology competence and those without?
1.5 Research Question
1. Does information Technology Competence enhance
the possibility of selling up secretarial educational centres by secretarial
information technology competence enhance possibility of establishing computer
business centre by secretarial professional.
1.6 Purpose of the Study.
The main purpose of this study is to
ascertain the role played by the modern information system ion the performance
of a secretary in an organization.
1.7 Definition of Terms
the Job Training:
This means giving the trainees an opportunity to practice the job under
intensive supervision until he is skilled enough to work satisfactory under a
normal degree of supervision.
Technology: This is a scientific knowledge use
din practical ways in industry.
Entrepreneur: This is a person who makes money by
starting or running a business, especially when this involves taking financial
Secretary: A person who undertakes office
Office: This is a place where clerical works
are performed. It serves as the place for receiving, recording, arranging,
preparing and sending information.
Information: This is the fact or details about
something or somebody.
Equipment: This is
the equipment that is manufactured recently and still very much in use.
Efficiency: The capability of performing a job
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