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Presented by Prof. Robert K. Perrons – QUT
The transition to a lower-carbon world is significantly underway, but oil & gas will likely continue to play an important role in the world’s energy mix for many years to come. At the same time, however, the industry is undergoing significant change on several fronts, and technology and innovation will accordingly play a pivotal role in the future of the sector. But how, specifically, does innovation happen within the industry? Building upon the first Society of Petroleum Engineers Global Innovation Survey, this paper presents the findings from the follow-up survey to re-examine these processes. However, while the first survey examined the sector’s innovation-related activities at the business unit level, this one looks at the roles of individual people. Through the application of survey tools from the field of organizational psychology, this investigation was designed to find out who the “explorers” are within the oil & gas sector that are hardwired to deliver tomorrow’s bolder technologies, and who the “exploiters” are that are more inclined to prefer modest improvements to existing solutions. In this talk, I will summarize the most noteworthy findings from the survey.
Robert K. Perrons, SPE, is a full professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Before joining QUT in 2011, he worked in a variety of roles for Shell International’s Exploration and Production division—including several years as a production engineer in overseas operations (offshore and onshore), and eventually serving as the company’s Executive Coordinator of Global R&D in The Hague. Perrons holds a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McMaster University, a Master’s in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2020, and is a member of the United Nations Resources and Energy Expert Group.
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