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A New Contract Between Management and the Petrotechnical Professional

The continued search for oil and gas relies in equal measure on good management and superior petrotechnical expertise. The key is ensuring that the two worlds mesh smoothly and create a working environment that motivates both parties to succeed. This is less obviously achieved than might be thought for a number of factors.

First is the scarcity of top-quality petrotechnical professionals (Fig. 1). This used to be blamed on the famous “crew change,” which described the paucity of recruits during the oil price crash of the 1980s. But things have now changed. The past few years have seen abundant recruiting by both operators and the service industry, and the crew change problem has morphed into the challenge of accelerating the development of thousands of young professionals to fill the still prevalent mid-career gap. The result is an industry obsessed with accelerating employee development.

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A New Contract Between Management and the Petrotechnical Professional

Henry Edmundson, R9 Energy Consultants, and David Bamford, Premier Oil

01 July 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 7

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