Integrated Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry: Sustainability and Capability Development
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Integrated Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry: Sustainability and Capability Development

Tom Rosendahl (BI Norwegian Business School, Norway) and Vidar Hepsø (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
Release Date: August, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 457
ISBN13: 9781466620025|ISBN10: 1466620021|EISBN13: 9781466620032|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2002-5


The predicted “ICT revolution” has gained increasing attention in the oil industry the last few years. It is enabled by the use of ubiquitous real time data, collaborative techniques, and multiple expertises across disciplines, organizations and geographical locations.

Integrated Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry: Sustainability and Capability Development covers the capability approach to integrated operations that documents research and development in the oil industry. By ‘capability’, we refer to the combined capacity and ability to plan and execute in accordance with business objectives through a designed combination of human skills, work processes, organizational change, and technology. This book will serve as a knowledge base for those who are interested in learning about, and those involved in, Integrated Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication practices in IO, example: across team, organization and networks
  • Development of a holistic framework to address IO through capability development
  • Health, environment and safety (HES) and IO as resilience
  • Innovation and IO
  • IO and strategy development
  • IO for Society and knowledge development
  • Technological enablers for IO, the stack model integration approaches
  • The financial and added value of IO
  • The historical development of IO in the oil industry
  • The role of standards in IO

Reviews and Testimonials

This reference on the capability development approach to integrated operations in the oil industry describes the variety of operations and processes, technologies, and planning and design. Primary topics include leadership, learning and governance, and a key focus, the "ICT revolution" (information and communications technologies). A section on case studies also is included. Integrated operations are addressed in a variety of contexts and environments, from managing teams to implementing multidisciplinary work processes. The book would be useful for an audience of industry of management and technical professionals.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

A 400 plus page large format, multi-authored publication, with contributions from academia and industry. In their introduction, editors Tom Rosendahl of the BI Norway Business School and Vidar Hepso (NNTU) relate integrated operations (IO) to projects like Chevron’s i-Field, BP’s Field of the future and others. While most oil and gas companies have some such initiative ongoing, according to Rosendahl, Norway’s IO initiative is ‘regarded by many as the world’s most advanced.’ The essence of IO is the migration of operations and personnel from the offshore to the onshore, thanks to the deployment of information and communications technology (ICT) and remote operations/collaboration centers. [...]

Whether you are ‘techno’ or ‘people,’ Integrated Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry provides many worthwhile insights—too many to present in this short review.

– Neil McNaughton, Editor, Oil IT Journal

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Tom Rosendahl is associate professor in market communication at BI Norwegian Business School, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour. He holds a PhD degree from the Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Gothenburg University, Sweden. His professional interests include marketing communication, cross-cultural communication, project communication, change management, and understanding the development in Integrated Operations. He has published widely and is the author/editor of 14 books, His latest books are entitled “Marketing in a Cross Disciplinary Perspective” (2008) and “Project Communication” (2010).
Vidar Hepsø holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from NTNU and is currently Principal Researcher/Project Manager at Statoil R&D in Trondheim Norway. He is also Adjunct Professor at the NTNU Center for Integrated operations in the Petroleums Industry. His main interests are related to new types of collaboration enabled by new information and communication technology (ICT) in general and in particular ICT-infrastucture development, capability platforms and collaboration technologies. The main work area the last 8-10 years has been within 'Integrated Operations' (IO) .Within this field of activities he is involved in both planning, execution and evaluation of IO activities in Statoil in addition to being project manager and a resource for branch specific research and development of IO in both Norway and internationally.