Research Repository

See what's under the surface

The information environment and information behaviour of the offshore installation manager (OIM) in the context of safety and emergency response: an exploratory study.

Marcella, Rita; Lockerbie, Hayley

Authors

Rita Marcella

Hayley Lockerbie

Abstract

The offshore installation manager (OIM) is a unique role in the oil and gas industry with the legal responsibility for the health and safety of individuals on an offshore installation, as well as holding commercial responsibilities. Using exploratory, qualitative data based on 10 interviews conducted with OIMs, the information environment and behaviour of the OIM are described and areas for further research are explored. The OIM's information environment is one that is complex and relies heavily on both formal and informal sources of information. Two modes of OIM information behaviour are identified: everyday information need, in which the OIM seeks, uses and shares information to maintain safe operations; and emergency information need, in which there is both reliance on information that must be known in order to react to an emergency situation and a need for accessible information about the status of a rapidly changing environment. The OIM is both the user of information and a source of information for others and as such must be trusted, reliable and automotive.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 31, 2016
Journal Journal of information science
Print ISSN 0165-5515
Electronic ISSN 1741-6485
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 4
Pages 551-567
Institution Citation MARCELLA, R. and LOCKERBIE, H. 2016. The information environment and information behaviour of the offshore installation manager (OIM) in the context of safety and emergency response: an exploratory study. Journal of information science [online], 42(4), pages 551-567. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0165551515600118
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0165551515600118
Keywords Information environments; Information use; Offshore; Oil and gas industry; Workplaces

Files

MARCELLA 2015 The information environment and information behaviour (690 Kb)
PDF




You might also like


Downloadable Citations