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n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Assessment of technological innovations in selected indigenous oilfield servicing firms in Nigeria

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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Abstract

This study examined the types of technological innovations that had occurred in indigenous oilfield servicing sub-sector within the period 2001-2010, their intensities and evaluated the factors that influenced the capability of the firms in the sub-sector. The study used primary and secondary data sources. Sixty firms were sampled. Structured questionnaire were administered in the firms. This was supplemented with shop-floor observations and interviews. The questionnaires elicited information on the firms' innovation activities and the factors that influenced these. Sixty firms were purposefully selected. A total of 60 questionnaires were administered on heads of technical, finance and administration departments in the firms out of which 66.7% were returned and found suitable for analysis. Secondary data were sourced from the internet and other published sources. Organisational innovation was the most prevalent (65%), product and process innovations were implemented, respectively, by 15% and 28.2% of the firms. Specifically, product innovations in the sub-sector majorly involved introduction of new service; and process innovations were expressed as modification of existing processes. Innovation intensity was low. The important internal factors that accounted for the innovation performance included the skill of the workforce in the technical departments and extensive staff training. The important external factors included interaction with customers, competitors, suppliers of equipment and the industry association which had been a significant path of capability building. The study found that the overall innovation of the firms for innovations was mainly expressed in organisational changes; product and process innovations in the sub-sector were mainly incremental.

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2012-01-01
2019-08-19

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