Impact of employee psychological empowerment, process and equipment on operational service quality in the oilfield service industry

Onyemeh, Ngozi C. (2017) Impact of employee psychological empowerment, process and equipment on operational service quality in the oilfield service industry. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This study examines the impact of employee psychological empowerment, process and equipment maintenance on operational service quality in the oilfield service industry. With services ranging from exploration to downstream activities including supply of personnel, and products such as crude oil, natural gas and refined products, the oilfield operations presents unique operational quality challenges. Measured mostly in terms of non-productive time, the success and failure of operations have necessitated a focus on personnel, equipment maintenance and process by researchers. However, with diminishing reserves, fluctuating product demand and stringent laws and regulations, organizations seek to optimize resources and strategically invest on the factor(s) with significant potential to reduce non-productive time, and subsequently improve quality and efficiency. This study therefore, adopting a mixed method approach, aims to determine which factor(s) are significantly associated with quality to aid this strategic focus and investment.

Data from interviews and questionnaires from oilfield operations personnel along with the extensive literature review provided the industry-specific relevant associations. The analyzed empirical results from 151 respondents, using structural equation modeling, showed employee psychological empowerment (p-value 0.032) and equipment maintenance (p-value 0.050) as significantly associated to operational service quality much more than process (p-value 0.106). Further analysis also showed choice, impact, competence and meaningfulness as having significantly high association to psychological empowerment. Based on these results, three oilfield case companies were employed to validate the resulting revised framework. The result of improved quality showed a framework that demonstrated high utility in practice.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Lee, Chan Wai
Abdalla Abakr, Yousif
Keywords: psychological empowerment, oilfield service industry, operational service quality management
Subjects: H Social sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Faculties/Schools: UNMC Malaysia Campus > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
Item ID: 43960
Depositing User: ONYEMEH, NGOZI CELESTINA
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 03:32
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 12:52
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43960

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