How do oil and gas industry SMEs contractual arrangements enhance economic sustainability - economic, social and environmental impacts

Nyahoda, M., 2022. How do oil and gas industry SMEs contractual arrangements enhance economic sustainability - economic, social and environmental impacts. DBA, Nottingham Trent University.

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Over 70% of small and medium firms (SMEs) in South Africa's oil and gas industry (OAGI) struggle to continue operating five years after setting up, which impairs the effectiveness and efficiency of the supply chain. This fact served as the impetus for the research. This study discusses how contractual arrangements between OAGCs and SMEs affect SME sustainability.

To gain concrete in depth knowledge, a qualitative methodology which involved virtual interviews of a semi-structured nature was use. The data was collected and analysed by use of a step-by-step process which enhanced reliability and credibility. Data analysis was done by thematic coding using Nvivo software and grouping themes together using Gioia Methodology.

The findings suggest that contractual arrangements between SMEs and OAGCs could be grouped into compliance, operational risks, skills, institutional void, financial issues, green technology, and trust. Of these, technology and trust positively support SME sustainability while the rest provide negative effects. Supply chain (SC) efficiency is thus supported by trusting relationships, but operational risks such as delays in the completion of work result in negative SC efficiency. Business success is enhanced by better technology especially greening, while corruption results in failure. The second finding was that most SMEs in the OAGI implement the expected economic, environmental and social sustainability approaches together with partnerships, innovation, adoption of technology and compliance.

These findings can encourage SMEs to be sustainable with high efficiency to achieve success. Higher SME sustainability results in better income distribution, employability, and a reduction of poverty. In addition to enhancing economic growth, it is instrumental in reducing poverty and hunger as outlined in the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs) 1 and 2 which outline how to eradicate poverty and attaining "no hunger" status respectively. It also helps to realize similar issues coined the 'National Development Plan' by 2030 in South Africa

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Nyahoda, M.
Ramanathan, U.Thesis
Aluko, O.Thesis
Date: November 2022
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Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 08 Nov 2023 11:01
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 11:01

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