Using the Fuzzy Delphi Method to Apply a Model of Knowledge Transfer through International Strategic Alliances in Up-Stream Oil and Gas Sectors

  • Salman Kimiagari Laval University, Canada
  • Samira Keivanpour Laval University, Canada
  • Md Samim Al-Azad Seoul National University, Korea
  • Muhammad Mohiuddin Thompson Rivers University,BC, Canada

Abstract

The upstream petroleum industry includes associated service businesses such as seismic and drilling contractors, service rig operators, engineering firms and various scientific, technical service and supply companies. These extremely high-tech activities require the continuous inflow of knowledge and technologies for reconfiguring and rebuilding capabilities that fit with the continuous changes in the marketplace for sustaining a competitive advantage. To that end, infrastructures and policy orientations are required to create a conducive environment for knowledge transfer (KT) to enhance knowledge capability. This paper aims to explore how strategic alliances lead to KT that enhances organizational capabilities. We analyze the case of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to test the fuzzy Delphi model (FDM) framework. We develop a conceptual framework establishing the link between the strategic alliances (SA) and their facilitators for developing the knowledge capabilities of upstream oil and gas companies. We tested the proposed model using FDM to show how international strategic alliances (ISA) in the upstream oil and gas sector transfer knowledge and have positive effects on developing the NIOC’s knowledge capability. Positive outcomes include knowledge acquisition from partners, developing knowledge management techniques and facilitating the implementation of knowledge-based structure, developing high-tech production and exploration methods, increasing investment in innovation, and developing human resources and information technology uses. Keywords: Knowledge Transfer, Upstream Oil and Gas Sector, International Strategic Alliances, Emerging Countries To cite this document: Salman Kimiagari, Samira Keivanpour, Md. Samim Al-Azad, and Muhammad Mohiuddin, "Using the Fuzzy Delphi Method to Apply a Model of Knowledge Transfer through International Strategic Alliances in Up-Stream Oil and Gas Sectors", Contemporary Management Research, Vol.11, No.4, pp. 409-428, 2015. Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.7903/cmr.13183

Author Biographies

Salman Kimiagari, Laval University, Canada
PhD Candidate
Samira Keivanpour, Laval University, Canada
PhD Candidate
Md Samim Al-Azad, Seoul National University, Korea
PhD Candidate Information System Dept.
Muhammad Mohiuddin, Thompson Rivers University,BC, Canada
Asstt. Professor, International Business School of Business and Economics
Published
2015-12-30
How to Cite
Kimiagari, S., Keivanpour, S., Al-Azad, M. S., & Mohiuddin, M. (2015). Using the Fuzzy Delphi Method to Apply a Model of Knowledge Transfer through International Strategic Alliances in Up-Stream Oil and Gas Sectors. Contemporary Management Research, 11(4). https://doi.org/10.7903/cmr.13183
Section
Strategy