By David G. Victor, David R. Hults, Mark C. Thurber
Nationwide Oil businesses (NOCs) play an incredible function on this planet economic system. They produce many of the world's oil and bankroll governments around the globe. even if NOCs superficially resemble private-sector businesses, they generally behave in very other ways. Oil and Governance explains the difference in functionality and technique for NOCs and offers clean insights into the way forward for the oil in addition to the politics of the oil-rich international locations the place NOCs dominate. It includes fifteen case experiences, each one following a typical learn layout, of NOCs established within the heart East, Africa, Asia, Latin the USA and Europe. The booklet additionally contains cross-cutting items at the commercial constitution of the oil and the politics and management of NOCs. This ebook is the most important and such a lot systematic research of NOCs up to now and is appropriate for audiences from and academia, in addition to coverage makers.
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To select our sample we compiled a long list of all significant stateowned oil companies and their attributes (published in PESD 2006). From that list we then selected a sample of fifteen NOCs that span the range of the world’s experience with the explanatory factors (“independent variables”) identified above. , Saudi Arabia). , Russia). We have selected a sample that varies in geological difficulty and in the stage of development of the geological resources. , Nigeria). , Abu Dhabi) as the NOCs have sought to incorporate technical expertise from IOCs.
Thus the other part of our hybrid: we commissioned three cross-cutting studies to look indepth at crucial aspects of the research. Each looked at independent variables that we expected would be pivotal to the study and which we knew, at the outset, were poorly understood. For both approaches – case studies and cross-cutting analyses – we have solicited studies from a mix of established and rising scholars. The studies were current in late 2009 and most have been updated since. In each case study the authors began with a highly structured analysis that was organized around the research design which we outline in the rest of this chapter.
In Appendix A we provide more detail on this four-level scoring system and also describe the scoring for each of the fifteen NOCs. We also assess in the case studies the strategy that NOC managers adopt, both as an intervening variable that may affect performance and as a dependent variable in its own right. While strategic choices take many forms, here are four types of decisions that we examine in detail: 1) Operatorship. Does the NOC operate its own fields, and when it shares operations what roles does it assign to itself and its partners?