RASCO, a case study of the leading environmental management approach in the Libyan oil industry

Hassan, Embaraka Salem Muftah (2010) RASCO, a case study of the leading environmental management approach in the Libyan oil industry. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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There is no doubt that measuring corporate environmental performance has received a great deal of attention from practitioners and academics over the last two decades in developed countries. However, the literature review revealed that measuring environmental performance is an area still in need of further research, especially in developing countries and in the public sector. The purpose of this study is to shed light on the reality of the experience of measuring environmental performance as experienced by one Libyan oil and gas company. The aim of the exploratory case study is to extend prior empirical research by investigating possible drivers of the adoption of ISO 14001 EMS and measures of environmental performance amongst managers in RASCO. The exploratory single case study methodology was adopted since a case study provides a deeper understanding of the nature of management practice, especially when the issues under investigation have not yet been studied. To achieve this, four methods of data collection (triangulation approach) were conducted, namely, a semistructured interview, questionnaire, documentary analysis, and observation through site visits and meetings. To achieve the objectives, institutional theory and the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) were embraced to guide the data collection and focus the study. Qualitative methods of data analysis, namely, content analysis and descriptive analysis were adopted. The study findings revealed that environmental performance measurement at RASCO is still in its infancy and has obvious teething problems, such as setting indicators for measuring environmental performance since it difficult to quantify'. It appears that the process of measuring environmental performance is still in the development stage since there is insufficient information about EPis due to ISO 14031 EMS unknown in RASCO. The study found that the most important drivers to adopt ISO 14001 EMS in RASCO are to follow international oil and gas sector trends, to enhance RASCO's image, and to improve its environmental performance. Mimetic and normative force plays a key role in the selection of environmental performance measurement in RASCO since it imitates innovation management technique such as the BSC and the use of EPis. Coercive isomorphism does not seem to be strong factors to explain the adoption of ISO 14001 EMS and shaping the practice of EPM.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Ryan, Bobbryan@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Bennett, Martinmbennett@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Gloucestershire Business School
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 11:27
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 11:28
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/11226

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