PhD midway seminar: Innovations in contracting: the use of front-end studies to govern interfirm collaboration for offshore Oil&Gas projects

Tércio Pinho Filho is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK). This seminar marks his midway evaluation.

Project description:
The technology base for offshore oil and gas projects is too broad for any operator to manage alone. To explore advances in all areas that are critical for the success of their projects, they rely on specialized suppliers to assist them in evaluating, adjusting, and improving the options they have to develop a new field. Those interactions are governed through innovations in contracting, such as front-end studies (Feasibility Studies, pre-FEED and FEED). Since the emergence of front-end studies as standalone forms of contracts, they have become a very important element in the way offshore Oil&Gas projects are run, not only in Norway, but in the world. In my first article I discuss how they intersect with the systems integration framework put forward by Prencipe, Pavitt, Hobday, Davies and other collaborators. The theme for my second article is cost overruns. There I present an original dataset from projects in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, since 2000, and analyze whether there was a noticeable change in the overall performance of projects with suppliers' providing front-end studies. Based on what was covered in both the first and the second articles, I drafted a proposal for a future article that addresses the same issues of contracting and design collaboration, with lessons to be drawn for large public infrastructure projects.


Thesis supervisor:
Helge Ryggvik (TIK, UiO)

Juliano Denicol (The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London)
Jakoba Sraml Gonzalez (TIK, UiO)

The seminar is open to everyone, and the manuscript is available upon request. Please register for the event by sending an email to



Publisert 15. okt. 2020 09:42 - Sist endret 15. okt. 2020 10:20