Management styles in the oil and gas industry
An OPITO case study

Page 1: Introduction

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OPITO The Oil & Gas Academy is the focal point for skills, learning and workforce development for the oil and gas industry. Its role is to help employers to develop a safe and competent workforce. The production of oil and gas is a key industry in the primary sector and in the UK supports nearly half a million jobs. Of these, 380,000 work in oil and gas extraction from the area of the...
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Page 2: Management and leadership

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Management is about getting things done. Managers work in different ways to achieve many diverse and often specific objectives. Theorists have tried to identify the functions and processes that all managers carry out. The oil and gas industry contains many layers of management within many types of organisation. Hierarchies are organisations that are structured in layers. The managers in the...
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Page 3: Management style

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Managers are human and they do not always operate according to set principles. Every manager has objectivesto achieve. They must answer for the success or failure of his or her area of work. OPITO The Oil & Gas Academy sets out to supply the oil and gas industry with people of high skills and aptitudes. Managers can only achieve their objectives through their staff. As Fayol suggested...
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Page 4: Autocratic and democratic

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Autocratic management is where decisions are made at a higher level without consultation or input from below. An autocratic manager decides what is best and instructs others. In the oil and gas industry, an autocratic style of management is often necessary. This occurs especially when matters of safety are concerned, for example, adhering to the Minimum Industry Safety Standard (MIST) which...
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Page 5: Paternalistic

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Sometimes managers need to adopt a paternalistic style. This means that they may make decisions without consultation or participation, but they have the employees' best interests at heart. If the decision is presented in this way, although employees are not involved in making the decision, they are less likely to feel unhappy about it. In the oil and gas industry it is important to create for...
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Page 6: Conclusion

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The oil and gas industry employs people in a very wide variety of job roles, both offshore and onshore, in all sorts of specialisms and professions. People can be employed in jobs as different as drilling to find oil under the North Sea, to negotiating and implementing legal agreements for the development of oil and gas fields. In managing such a diverse range of staff, appropriate management...
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