Professor Stephen M Mutula

Prof Stephen Mutula
Professor Stephen M Mutula
Dean head of school
Westiville Campus
M Block – M110, 1st Floor
Information Systems and Technology


Stephen M Mutula is a full professor of Information Science. He holds degree qualifications in computer science (Nairobi), education (Nairobi) and information sciences (UJ) and Library sciences (Wales, UK). Prof Mutula is a National Research Foundation rated scholar and has won several international scholarly excellence awards from such organisations as Emerald publishing (UK), African Network of Information Ethics (ANIE) (under auspices of Capurro Fiek Foundation of German), researcher of the year award (Botswana, 2007, 2008), top 30 researchers of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 2015. He has an extensive publication record that include books such as: Digital Economies, SMEs and E-readiness (N. York: Business Science Reference); Web-based Information Management: A cross Disciplinary Approach. (Oxford. Chandos Publishing); Information and Knowledge Management in the Digital Age: Concepts, Technologies and African Perspectives (Ibadan. Third World Information Services Ltd): and Digital Solutions for contemporary democracy and e-government (Hershey PA: Information Science Reference). Currently his h-index stands at 27, i10 – index of 65 and citations of over 2700. He has supervised to successful completion over 37 PhDs and several masters’ theses. He has examined over 54 theses and dissertations. Professor Mutula is a member of several international editorial boards of such journals as: Journal of Information Technology Research (JITR), International Journal of E-adoption, Information Development (Netherland), International Journal of Innovation and Digital Economy(Publisher: IGI Global); South African Journal of Information Management (SAJIM) (Publisher: African Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS), South African Journal of Library and Information Science (SAJLIS). He was chief editor of African journal of Library, Archives and Information Science (AJLAIS) for 5 years. In addition, Professor Mutula served on the international editorial boards of Online Information Review and Electronic Library journals. Professor Mutula is currently the interim Dean and Head of School of Management, IT and Governance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has served as dean and head of School of social sciences and interim deputy vice chancellor and head of college of humanities at the humanity of KwaZulu-Natal.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Johannesburg)
  • PGDip Computer Science (University of Nairobi)
  • Master of Library Science (University Wales, Aberystwyth, UK)
  • Bachelor of Educations (Hons) – (University of Nairobi)

Professional Bodies

  • Historical Society Who is Who (USA)

Research Interests

  • ICT4D
  • e-Government
  • Information Society
  • Knowledge Management
  • Information Management
  • Digital economy
  • Information Poverty

Recent Publications and Papers

  • Ndumbaro, F and Mutula, S (2019) “Applicability of solitary model of information behavior in students’ collaborative learning assignments”, Information and Learning Sciences, Vol 120. (1-2),
  • Ajanaku, OJ and Mutula, SM (2018). The relationship between knowledge management and nursing care performance. South African Journal of Information Science, SAJLIS, Vol 84 (2), pp 39-52, doi:10.7553/84-2-1785
  • Chaputula, AH and Mutula, SM (2018). eReadiness of public university libraries in Malawi to use mobile phones in the provision of library and information services. Library Hi-Tech, Vol 36 (2), 270-288
  • Ajibade, P and Mutula, S.M (2018). “Bibliometric Analysis of Citation Trends and Publications on E-government in Southern African Countries: A Human-computer Interactions and IT Alignment Debate” (2018). Library Philosophy and Practice (ejournal). 2156.
  • N’geno, E and Mutula, SM (2018). Research Data Management (RDM) in agricultural research institutes: a literature review. Inkanyiso: The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol 10(1), pp28-50