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


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 B: List of Indigenous Oilfield Services Companies 203


Appendix B: List of Indigenous Oilfield Services Companies Member Companies of PETAN Name of Company Category of Service Ana Industries Limited - Mud Supply & Engineering - Drilling Fluid Services; - Solid Mineral Processing Services Ariboil Company Limited - Fluids Filtration & Drilling - Mud Solids Control; - Drilling Waste Management - Cuttings Boxes Rentals; - Drilling & Petr, Eng. Consultancy B.G. Technical Limited - Corrosion monitoring and control services - CP Installation and Monitoring - Pigging Supplies and Services - Pipeline Surveys Ciscon Nigeria Limited - Casting & Tubing Services & Tools; - Fishing & Tool Rentals; - Eng. & Maintenance Services Compressors, Pumps, etc); - Well Completion Services.D3 Drillog Petriodynamics Ltd - Directional Drillings & Borehole Surveys:- Measurement While Drilling (MWD).D8 Dubi Nigeria Co. Ltd. - Fluids Filtration & Drilling Mud Solids Control;- Drilling Waste Management Emval/Kanuco Nigeria Ltd - Cementing & High Pressure Pumping; - Mechanical Wireline/Completions; - Drilling & Petro, Eng. Consultancy Kasolute Nigeria Limited. - Directional Drilling & Borehole Surveys- Measurement While Drilling (MWD) Lonestar Nigerian Limited - Drilling/Workover- Drilling & Petro. Eng. Consultancy Oildata Wireline Services Limited - Cased Hole Electric-line logging; - Petrophysical & Reservoir Data Services; - Tubing Conveyed Perforating (TCP) Services; - Production Logging Services - Horizontal Logging Services. 203 Member Companies of PETAN (contd.) Oilscan Limited - Cased Hole Electric-line Logging;- Tubing Conveyed Performing (TCP) Services Oilserv Limited - Pipeline Construction/Repair - Mechanical Fabrication; Flowline station; Electrical/Instrument; Process Pipework - Flowline Construction/Repair; Associated civil/structural services. Oil Services Limited. - Laboratory Services; - Mechanical Wireline/Completions - Production Logging Services; PVT Services;...

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