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- DescriptionAfter World War II, the discovery and production of onshore oil in the United States faced decline. As a result, during the last half of the twentieth century, offshore prospects in the Gulf of Mexico took on new strategic value. Shell Oil Company pioneered many of the early moves offshore and continues to lead the way into deepwater. For decades, the company dominated the Gulf of Mexico, developing more oil and gas fields there than any other firm. Tyler Priest's study is the first time the modern history of Shell Oil has been told in any detail. Drawing on interviews with Shell retirees and many other sources, Priest relates how the imagination, talent, and hard work of personnel at all levels shaped the evolution of the company. The narrative also covers important aspects of Shell Oil's corporate evolution, but the company's pioneering steps into the deepwater fields of the Gulf of Mexico are its signature achievement. Priest's study demonstrates that engineers did t suddenly create from scratch methods for finding and producing oil and gas from astounding water depths. Rather, they built on a half-century of accumulated kwledge and improvements to technical systems. Shell Oil's story is unique, but it also illuminates the modern history of the petroleum industry. As Priest demonstrates, this company's experiences offer a starting point for examining the understudied topics of strategic decision-making, scientific research, management of techlogy, and corporate organization and culture within modern oil companies, as well as how these activities applied to offshore development.
- Author BiographyTYLER PRIEST is the director of global studies in the University of Houston's College of Business.
- Author(s)Tyler Priest
- PublisherTexas A & M University Press
- Date of Publication15/08/2010
- SubjectIndustrial Studies: General
- Series TitleKenneth E. Montague Series in Oil and Business History
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 19
- Place of PublicationCollege Station
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTexas A & M University Press
- Content Note25 b&w photos, 3 maps, 1 line art illustration, 2 charts, bib, index
- Weight485 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
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