Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Print ISSN: 1544-1458; Online ISSN: 1939-6104)


Future Skills in Industry 4.0 Era: Empirical Evidence from Oil and Gas Companies

Author(s): Abdelghani Benayoune

Industry 4.0 is reshaping the business landscape and bringing about significant changes in many industries including the oil and gas industry. A skilled workforce is critical to the industry sustainability and competitiveness, however, the insufficient of skills are often cited as a strong barrier to Industry 4.0 implementation. This paper aims to provide empirical evidence of the impact of oil and gas 4.0 implementation on skills requirement in the oil and gas sector. Using a questionnaire method, the data were collected from 69 experts in the oil and gas sector. Eight structured interviews were also conducted. The questions were aimed at exploring oil and gas firms’ views and experiences on the effect on technological changes on skills requirements in the oil and gas 4.0 era as well as policy implications. The outcome of the study contributes to shed light on future skill needs linked to oil and gas 4.o in order to inform curriculum development and training programs in education institutions in a developing economy and provide an input for government and related stakeholders for planning and policy-making purposes.

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