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Inter-Partner Learning in Asymmetric Alliances between Foreign and Indigenous Companies in the Nigerian Oil Industry

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Okechukwu Okonkwo

The emergence and growing trend of inter-firm alliances between indigenous oil companies and foreign international oil companies in the Nigerian oil industry has elicited widespread expectations of inter-partner learning and knowledge transfer through the alliances in the industry. However, the asymmetric nature of these foreign-indigenous alliances has also raised the question as to «whether or not» and «how» learning and knowledge transfer takes place in these alliances. Through explorative case study research, this work examines the learning intents and learning capacities of partner companies in selected cases of alliances as well as the types of knowledge they acquired through the alliances. The major objective is to identify the pattern of inter-partner learning and the factors affecting learning in such asymmetric alliances. Based on the empirical findings, relevant recommendations are provided for the managerial practice in the industry and the implications for research are highlighted.

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Appendix A: List of Indigenous E&P Companies 199

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Appendices Appendix A: List of Indigenous E&P Companies Appendix A-1: Indigenous E&P Companies Holding Licenses by the end of 2001 S/N Name of Company License/Block Date of Award 1. Dubri Oil OML 96 August 1987 2. Cavendish Petroleum OML 103 OML 110 November 1990 3. Express Petroleum OML 108 November 1990 4. Summit Oil International OPLs 205 & 206 November 1990 5. Solgas Nigeria Ltd OPL 226 February 1991 6. Atlas International Petroleum OML 109 February 1991 7. Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum OML 113 May/June 1991 8. Alfred James Petroleum Co. OPL 302 May/June 1991 9. Allied Energy Resources OPL 210 June 1992 10. Nor East Petroleum OPL 215 June 1992 11. Amni International Petroleum Co. OMLs 112 & 117 1993 12. Peak Petroleum OML 122 1993 13. Optimum Petroleum OPL 310 1993 14. Famfa Oil Ltd OPL 216 1993 15. Moni Pulo Ltd OML 114 & OPL 230 1993 16. South Atlantic Petroleum Ltd OPLs 201 & 246 1993 17. ConOil Producing Co. Ltd OPL 458, OML 59 & 103 1996 18. Emerald Energy Resource Ltd OPL 229 2001 Source: NAIPEC Secretariat 201 Appendix A–2: Indigenous E&P Companies Awarded Marginal Fields in 2003 Name of Company Interest/Status Field Estimated Reserve (m/bbl) Prime Energy Resources Ltd Holder of 51% Interest (Operator) Suffolk Petroleum Ltd Holder of 49% Interest WalterSmith Oil Holder of 70% Interest (Operator) Morris Petroleum Holder of 30% Interest Associated Oil & Gas Ltd Holder of Equity Interest (Operator) Geo Energy Holder of Equity Interest Sahara Energy Holder of 51% Interest...

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