Knowledge acquisition by outsourced service providers from aging workforce of oil and gas industry: A study

Jayachandra Bairi (Service Delivery Department, SAIC India, Bangalore, India)
B. Murali Manohar (VIT Business School, VIT University, Vellore, India)
Goutam Kumar Kundu (VIT Business School, VIT University, Vellore, India)

VINE

ISSN: 0305-5728

Publication date: 8 February 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an understanding of the major critical success factors involved in knowledge acquisition from an aging oil and gas workforce by outsourced service providers and find the outcome. In addition, the authors are also interested in finding out the outcome for the client and the service provider by following these critical success factors.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors shortlisted two outsourced firms for studying, primarily because they deliver lots of service support work to oil and gas firms. For the exploratory nature of this case study, a structured, open‐ended interview was conducted. Through face‐to‐face interviews with 12 senior managers, primary data were collected. Upon content analysis of data collected, the framework was evaluated.

Findings

The results of this study indicate that both client and service providers can benefit by following major critical success factors for knowledge acquisition. From the open‐ended interview with the two companies, it can be concluded that the service providers are able to grow their technical and domain capability through knowledge acquisition from ageing workforce and reduce the cost to client.

Research limitations/implications

The study has been restricted to two service providers, with majority of operations carried out of India, focusing only on US/UK‐based oil & gas firms. Implication on theory is, by following these critical success factors, it is likely to be easier to acquire the knowledge from an aging oil and gas workforce.

Practical implications

The service provider firms can build their knowledge capability, reducing the cost to both client and service provider. Further study with more service providers at the global level may help in pooling larger data. The primary contribution of the paper is in introducing the critical success factors with various associated activities that drive knowledge acquisition from an aging workforce.

Originality/value

The primary contribution of the paper is in introducing the critical success factors with various associated activities that drive knowledge acquisition from an aged workforce in the oil and gas industries. Second contribution is in highlighting the role of these critical success factors in gaining various benefits to client as well as to service providers.

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Citation

Bairi, J., Murali Manohar, B. and Kundu, G.K. (2013), "Knowledge acquisition by outsourced service providers from aging workforce of oil and gas industry: A study", VINE, Vol. 43 No. 1, pp. 39-56. https://doi.org/10.1108/03055721311302133

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