How innovation and R&D happen in the upstream oil & gas industry : insights from a global survey

Perrons, Robert K. (2014) How innovation and R&D happen in the upstream oil & gas industry : insights from a global survey. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 124, pp. 301-312.

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Few would disagree that the upstream oil & gas industry has become more technology-intensive over the years. But how does innovation happen in the industry? Specifically, what ideas and inputs flow from which parts of the sector׳s value network, and where do these inputs go? And how do firms and organizations from different countries contribute differently to this process? This paper puts forward the results of a survey designed to shed light on these questions. Carried out in collaboration with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the survey was sent to 469 executives and senior managers who played a significant role with regard to R&D and/or technology deployment in their respective business units. A total of 199 responses were received from a broad range of organizations and countries around the world. Several interesting themes and trends emerge from the results, including:

(1) service companies tend to file considerably more patents per innovation than other types of organization;

(2) over 63% of the deployed innovations reported in the survey originated in service companies;

(3) neither universities nor government-led research organizations were considered to be valuable sources of new information and knowledge in the industry׳s R&D initiatives, and;

(4) despite the increasing degree of globalization in the marketplace, the USA still plays an extremely dominant role in the industry׳s overall R&D and technology deployment activities.

By providing a detailed and objective snapshot of how innovation happens in the upstream oil & gas sector, this paper provides a valuable foundation for future investigations and discussions aimed at improving how R&D and technology deployment are managed within the industry. The methodology did result in a coverage bias within the survey, however, and the limitations arising from this are explored.

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ID Code: 78459
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Oil, Gas, Innovation, Technology, Survey
DOI: 10.1016/j.petrol.2014.09.027
ISSN: 0920-4105
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, [VOL 124 (2015)] DOI: 10.1016/j.petrol.2014.09.027
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2014 21:55
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2015 03:12

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