ADAPTABILITY TO EVOLVING OFFICE TECHNOLOGY AMONGST OFFICE MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES OF RIVERS STATE UNIVERSITIES

Margaret E. Akpomi, Ibitoroko Ben-George, Kioba Rosemary Wolugbom

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The study examined the adaptability to evolving office technology amongst Office Management and Technology (OMT) graduates of Rivers State Universities. The research design adopted in this study was the descriptive survey design. The sample of the study consisted of 85 OMT Graduates of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) and Rivers State University (RSU), Port Harcourt. The instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire titled “Questionnaire on Adaptability to Evolving Office Technology (QUAOET)”. A four-point rating scale of Very High Level (VHL) – 4 points, High Level (HL) – 3 points, Moderate Level (ML) – 2 points and Low Level (LL) -1 point was used to rate the responses, while the instrument was validated by three experts in Business Education. The reliability of the instrument was established by test-retest method, using Pearson Product Moment Correlation and a correlation coefficient of .81 was obtained. The data obtained was analyzed using mean and standard deviation to answer the research questions, while the null hypotheses were tested using t-test at 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed high levels of change anticipation and adaption of evolving office technology amongst OMT graduates of Rivers State Universities. It was concluded that OMT graduates are adaptable to evolving office technology. The study recommended that OMT graduates should leverage the internet, for learning and monitoring technological developments and evolutions relevant to their field of work, while employers should make provision for frequent training and workshop sessions to keep employees abreast of new and evolving technologies such as available versions of software programmes and applications that may be applied to troubleshoot and carry out work procedures for better work efficiency.

 

Keywords: Adaptability, Evolving Technology, Change, Office Management and Technology, Innovation.

 


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