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Collaborate and die! Exploring different understandings of organisational cooperation within Scotland's uncertain North Sea oil and gas industry.

Adams, Nicholas Norman; Mueller-Hirth, Natascha

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Abstract

This study ethnographically explores how collaboration is enacted within two differently structured sub-sea engineering organisations local to the oil & gas industry in Aberdeen, Scotland. Literature suggests organisational collaboration practices are largely dependent on trust, historical cooperation, establishing interpersonal relations and information sharing networks. Such notions are suggested as readily enacted in Aberdeen. However, following changes in industry landscape, we uncover a variety of additional factors pertaining to macro-level local industry climate, and meso-level organisational cultures that shape different perceptions, understandings, and enactments of collaboration. To grow current scholarly thinking, we define how such diverse understandings actively prevent organisational collaboration in the restrictively competitive climate of Aberdeen’s oil & gas industry. Implications for expanding understandings of collaboration in employment sectors facing substantial industry destabilisation and reformation are discussed.

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ADAMS, N.N. and MUELLER-HIRTH, N. 2021. Collaborate and die! Exploring different understandings of organisational cooperation within Scotland's uncertain North Sea oil and gas industry. Energy research and social science [online], 73, article ID 101909. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.101909

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 4, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 10, 2021
Publication Date Mar 31, 2021
Deposit Date Jan 19, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 11, 2022
Journal Energy research and social science
Print ISSN 2214-6296
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Article Number 101909
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.101909
Keywords Organisational collaboration; Oil and gas; Organisational culture; Conflict and collaboration; Collaborative hydrocarbon extraction; Strategic collaboration
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1127689