1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The ever-increasing volume of records being created as well
as the rapidly increasing costs of maintaining these records necessitate
the utilization of efficient records management. The smooth
functioning of an organization is greatly dependent upon the efficient
utilization of information. For any business organization to survive,
progress and to continue in existence, there must be records of the part
issues, events, stories etc., which must be kept and also maintained.
This is further buttressed by Oliverio and pasework
(1977) that all records will be important to the contained successful
operation of your firm. The records become part of the memory of the
organization. Not only do the record provide the history of the
transaction but also form the basis for future decision. Records refer
tot he informational documents utilized by an organization in carrying
out its various functions. It is generally used in the office to refer
to documents, specific information and data which form the basis of an
organization’s operations and transaction. Types of records commonly
utilized include forms, letters, memorandums, reports and manuals,
minutes of meetings. It is also used to refer to those documents from
which a business organization derives its legitimacy, powers and
substation like acts of parliament, memorandum of association,
certificate of incorporation etc. records management is one of th
By this process, otherwise meaningless pieces of data item are logically organized to convey information. Data processing is a process of converting unprocessed (raw) data into information or into a definite meaningful result.
Concept of management information system (MIS). Management information system (MIS) is a mechanism designed to collect, combine, compare, analyze and disseminate detain the form of information. Management information system seeks to gather data in accentual location where it can be meaningful processed to generate information for managerial decision making. It provides managers with a structured means for presenting past, current and projected information gathered from various sources. A properly functioning management information system provides such information on a continuous basis (Arther Bedcian 1986). For any information to be of value, it must be timely, that is within, the line frame it is needed by the recipient. It must be accurate, this mean the degree of absence of error in information. It must also be accessible – the cast and speed with which information can be obtained. It should also be free from bias, there should be no alteration or modification in order to influence recipients. And above all, information should be clear to the user, that is, it should not be ambiguous.
Establishment of MIS:
The establishment of management information system requires the efforts of managers at all levels of an organizations may take several years to complete. The real test of an MIS is its ability to provide information of value that people will use. The steps followed in establishing an MIS as described by Burch et al 1984 are as follows: -
Step One: System Planning:
First step calls for a requirement survey.
A comprehensive description of information needs should be prepared from the intended user’s a formal statement of what is gained by establishing management – formation system.
Step Two: System Design:
This step includes the technical task of development.
Necessary task typically include structuring necessary data base, defining information flow, and determining report requirements.
Step Three: System Implementation:
As system specifications are decided in step two, the job of making it happen, now becomes the primary concern …..
Equipment must be purchased, facilities renovated, necessary data – processing resources obtained, and information system personnel hired and/or trained.
Step Four: System Evaluation:
The forth step which never ends allows an organizations management information system analysts to assure that a system is accomplishing the goals original set in step one. This is the time for refining modifying, and adding to any aspects of a system design that may become problem areas.
Records management takes cognizance of the organization and layout of the office, size of the firm, scope of operation of the firm, adequate filing system, the comprehensive knowledge of all complex technology of information management, availability of essential equipment and trained personnel t operate the system.
The efficiency of an organization largely dependent on the effectiveness and efficiency of its records management system. An effective filling system is a prime requisite for a successful operation.
An incorrect and obscure filing system can cause delays in obtaining information, thereby resulting in delays of some opportunities.
Incorrect filing system can also lead to outright cancellations of appointments and orders which ca lead to huge loss of money and goo-will. Also the loss of a document can also precepitate wrong decisions which can mar the existence and operations of the organization.
But if the records of an organization are well kept, quick and accurate decisions are enhanced since the data or information are easily accessible ad quickly supplied. In that case, the management has all the facts on its finger tips before embarking on any decision, the management can also art or re-art to any situation promptly, this saving various opportunities, time and money.
With the increased importance and use of records management, Carl Heyel (1973) classifies all records and documents of any organization into two broad categories namely: transaction documents and reference documents. Under transaction documents, we have orders, invoices, cheques, services supplies etc. this forms over 75% of all total records. Reference documents on the other hand consist of reports, research data, marketing information, books and brochures, legal documents etc.
These documents are meant to show the way in order to minimize errors on the part of the organization. The emergence of data processing has resulted in new application in the storage and retrieval of information.
Before organizations utilized data processing, storage and retrieval of information involve tangible documents, but with data procession, a considerable amount of information is stored on magnetic tapes, drums or disks, by a process known as electronic filing.
These new methods of storing and retrieving information that have been developed and add new dimension to the records management function. Dallas and Thumpson are of the opinion that computer have made tremendous impact on office work since they can internally store programmes and provide security on processed data (information).
Indeed, the invention of computers and other electronic devices has brought about a kind of revolution in records management system. Taking cognizance of all the above points enumerated, this project was focused on the investigation into records management in Consolidated Breweries Plc. This inquiries were based on the effective operation of records management in order to ensure accountability and minimize frauds and embezzlements.
1.2 BRIEF HISTORY OF ORANIZATION OF CASE STUDY
Consolidated Breweries Plc. was incorporated o 26th November, 1970 under the name Independence Brewery Limited, by the then Eastern Nigeria Development Corporation (ENDC), the investment are of the government of then Former Eastern Region of Nigeria. The construction of the first brewery commenced on 1st December, 1968. And was completed on 30th September, 1969.
On 19th December, 1969, the brewery of Lager Beer commenced and in November of the same year, Consolidated Breweries Lager Beer i.e. (33 beer) was launched into the Nigeria market. It begar producing its second product – Royal Malt in 1972, thereby becoming one of the breweries producing Malt in the country as at that time.
On 17th June, 1975, the company change its name to Consolidated Breweries Ltd. As a result of the reconstruction of the country into States, the ownership of Consolidated Breweries Limited passed from the east central state government s to the Imo State Government in 1976 precisely.
Consolidated Breweries Plc. became a publicly quoted company listed on the Nigeria stock exchange in 1978 when Imo State Governments holding was reduced to 51% of the company equity.
In 1980, the shareholding of Imo State Government was reduced again to 25.5% of the company’s equity. The Imo State Government holds 8.9%, the company has about 2500 Nigerians shareholders holding 90.1% of the company’s equity while 90.1% of the company’s equity is held by Non-Nigerian Association and Citizens.
Consolidated Breweries Plc. is in the beverage industry and its objective is to continuously satisfying the requirement of consumers with high quality beverage. The company’s products are 33 Lager Beer and Royal Malt.
Consolidated Breweries Plc. receives technical assistance from Holsten Braner AG Hambung especially in the area of new improved production processes and equipment, research into raw materials constant equity assurance and innovation marketing technique.
1.3 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
According to Carl Heyel 91973) a properly developed records management programme is a comprehensive and orderly efforts to control creation, maintenance, and final disposition of all the organization’s records without regards tot he form and manner I which they are created and retained or to the circumstances of their creation or accumulation. Owing to the above statement, the organization finds it difficult to process and retrieve all the information effectively resulting into various lapses every year. It is either that some files are omitted or files are misplaced. In the organization, filing system is extremely difficult.
The office has not been able to cope with the requirements for maintaining an efficient filing system. G. Mills and O. Standford (1979) stated that the maintenance of an efficient filing system is one of the perennials problems of the office, and its solution demands of the office, and its solution demands understanding of principles …
That is why a careful study of the files reveals instances where one person’s name appears in different files in the organization. This has a very serious financial and administrative implications.