Application of mixed methods research in the onshore oil and gas drilling environment

Stacey, Mark and Paudyal, Dev Raj ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1010-2118 and Gibbings, Peter (2021) Application of mixed methods research in the onshore oil and gas drilling environment. In: Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMRIA) – Oceania Chapter 2021 Regional Conference and Workshops: Looking for the Future, 9 Dec 2021, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

There is significant variance in safety related behaviours between co-workers in a multinational oil and gas drilling operations functioning within South East Asia. Manifestations of this issue within this process driven high risk workplace included extensive variation in safe work performance stemming from individual and collective preparedness to engage in risk taking (Russo 2015).

Understanding the identified phenomenon involved the application of a sequential exploratory mixed method study incorporating both a qualitative element in the form of a semi-structured interview, and a quantitative element involving a widely distributed survey within the broader onshore oil and gas industry. Analysis of variances in risk tolerance achieved through the conduct of both methods, permitted an in-depth exploration of antecedents, variables and factors and their manifestation in desirable or undesirable workplace behaviours.

Because this research is concerned with longitudinal influences that on safe work performance within onshore oil and gas drilling operations, it is principally concerned with factors involving human behaviour. A multi-faceted data collection and analysis approach was supported by the selection of a pragmatic constructivism paradigm. Mixed methods are useful for practical minded researchers investigating the experience of a population in order to comprehend the situational realities within a professional environment. A sequential exploratory mixed methods research methodology was found to be appropriate in all of these circumstances.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2022 04:43
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 02:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: sequential exploratory mixed methods; oil and gas drilling environment; exploration of workplace phenomenon; safety related behaviours
Fields of Research (2020): 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3705 Geology > 370508 Resource geoscience
40 ENGINEERING > 4019 Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy > 401905 Mining engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280107 Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47385

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