The Global Oil & Gas Industry: Management, Strategy and Finance - electronic book

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The global oil and gas industry is huge, critical to the world’s economy, controversial, and poorly understood by most people. To help readers understand the breadth and complexity of this vital industry, The Global Oil & Gas Industry is a nontechnical book that takes readers seamlessly through the industry’s primary value chain activities starting with exploration and ending with products sold to consumers. Authors Andrew Inkpen and Michael Moffett examine the strategic, financial, and managerial aspects of the world’s largest industry and address questions such as:

  • How do oil companies evaluate prospects?
  • Why have national oil companies become major players in the industry?
  • What are the financial tools used to make investment decisions?
  • Why is the production activity so focused on cost control?
  • What are the implications of increasing outsourcing of services in oil and gas production?
  • What factors account for volatile crude oil and natural gas price swings?
  • Why is the downstream less profitable than the upstream?
  • How are refined products marketed?
  • Why have motor fuels become commodity-like?

Each topic is addressed using industry examples and business principles. Through this comprehensive value chain approach, readers will learn about the business and competitive dynamics of the global oil and gas industry.

Features & Benefits

  • Written by business people for technically oriented readers seeking a better understandingof the oil and gas business
  • A single source for anyone interested in increasing their energy industry literacy, new employees at oil and gas companies, technical employees moving to management and commercial areas, oil and gas personnel wanting a stronger business knowledge base, and non-industry business people
  • A set of Industry Insights based on real companies and their business practices in each chapter


  • Engineers
  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets
  • Students

About the Author

Andrew Inkpen is the J. Kenneth and Jeanette Seward Chair in Global Strategy at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Dr. Inkpen holds a B. Comm. degree from St. Mary’s University, an MBA degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in Business Policy and International Business from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to entering academe, Dr. Inkpen worked in public accounting and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Canada. He is co-director of the Thunderbird Center for Global Energy Studies. Click here for more on Dr. Inkpen.

Michael H. Moffett is the Continental Grain Professor of Finance at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Formerly Associate Professor of Finance at Oregon State University, he has held teaching or research appointments at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Aarhus School of Business (Denmark), the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (Finland), the International Centre for Public Enterprises (Yugoslavia), and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is co-director of the Thunderbird Center for Global Energy Studies. Click here for more on Professor Moffett.

Type: eBook
Pages: 600
Published: 2011
ISBN: 9781593709815

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Andrew Inkpen | Michael H. Moffett
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