Challenges and developments of the Oil and Gas industry in Scotland

Submission deadline – 15 August 2015 (earlier submissions will receive an immediate editor’s response and can be published in earlier issues)

A new chapter in the energy renaissance is starting to emerge – one focused on the effective execution of capital projects, which are often further from shore, deeper and more complex; at the same time as maximising the return from mature offshore assets and planning for decommissioning. As the size and complexity of capital projects grows, the ability to effectively execute, often on multiple large projects, becomes a critical competency for many companies. 2015 and 2016 will be critical years for many companies as they attempt to successfully deliver major capital projects. In many cases, the result of the projects will significantly influence their stock price, as well as their liquidity.

To be ready for a promising and yet challenging future, oil and gas companies need to be thoughtful about the following challenges: financing and capital effectiveness, regulatory uncertainty, skills shortage, costs of operation optimisation.

Themes of this special issue

We welcome submissions that provide a contribution through multidisciplinary approaches. We invite conceptual papers and empirical studies based on qualitative and/or quantitative methods as well as work-in-progress and viewpoint type papers. Potential themes include, but are not limited to:
  • Understanding the skills challenges for the Oil & Gas Sector:
    • Addressing the gender balance
    • Developing and enhancing professionalism in the workforce
    • Skills training, development, enhancement and recognition
    • What skills exactly are we short of?
  • Technological developments:
    • Enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship
    • Use of information technology
    • Maximising economic recovery
    • Working fields that are deeper and further away
  • Operational Challenges:
    • Engineering, procurement, supply chain management and construction resource capacity
    • Cost containment
    • Managing mature assets
    • Health, safety and the environment
    • Financing and capital effectiveness, including mature assets management
  • Oil and Gas Industry Regulation
    • Decommissioning


  1. All papers will be subject to double-blind peer review, according to author guidelines available at Manuscript Requirements.
  2. Submissions to International Journal of Management and Applied Research (IJMAR) are made at
Papers will be published upon submissions with the final deadline: 15 August 2015 (CLOSED).

The papers for this call have been published in 2015 (Volume 2 Issue 3):