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Improving the quality of manually acquired data : applying the theory of planned behavior to data quality

Murphy, Glen D. (2009) Improving the quality of manually acquired data : applying the theory of planned behavior to data quality. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 94(12), pp. 1881-1886.

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Abstract

The continued reliance of manual data capture in engineering asset intensive organisations highlights the critical role played by those responsible for recording raw data. The potential for data quality variance across individual operators also exposes the need to better manage this particular group. This paper evaluates the relative importance of the human factors associated with data quality. Using the theory of planned behaviour this paper considers the impact of attitudes, perceptions and behavioural intentions on the data collection process in an engineering asset context. Two additional variables are included, those of time pressure and operator feedback. Time pressure is argued to act as a moderator between intention and data collection behaviour, while perceived behavioural control will moderate the relationship between feedback and data collection behaviour. Overall the paper argues that the presence of best practice procedures or threats of disciplinary sanction are insufficient controls to determine data quality. Instead those concerned with improving the data collection performance of operators should consider the operator’s perceptions of group attitude towards data quality, the level of feedback provided to data collectors and the impact of time-pressures on procedure compliance. A range of practical recommendations are provided to those wishing to improve the quality of their manually acquired data.

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ID Code: 21140
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: data quality, theory of planned behavior
DOI: 10.1016/j.ress.2009.05.008
ISSN: 0951-8320
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING (091500) > Engineering Practice (091503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > CRC Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM)
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier
Deposited On: 15 Jun 2009 08:18
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 18:29

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