Rice University JGSB Energy Industry Initiatives Reports and Resources 

This report documents sector-level results from the SCOPE study conducted among professionals in the energy industry (so called “insiders”) to measure their perceptions about specific companies on multiple dimensions. It includes 51 of the most prominent oil & gas companies covering six sectors: integrated oil & gas, exploration and production, midstream oil & gas, oil & gas services, refining and marketing, and engineering, project management, and construction. The study dataset includes responses from 1,978 oil & gas industry insiders who provided a total of 4,742 company evaluations. Results revealed that financial management, safety, leadership & strategy, and global focus are assessed relatively highly by respondents whereas corporate social responsibility, crisis handling, and innovation are rated relatively lower. The refining sector is consistently the worst performer of the six sectors. The best performer honors are enjoyed by the integrated oils in eight of ten performance factors. Six performance factors are significant predictors of the firm’s overall reputation. We also report results of an importance-performance analysis to help prioritize dimensions of strategic performance.

This report documents results for the Oil & Gas Services sector from the SCOPE study. It includes 16 prominent oil & gas services companies: 1) Baker Hughes, 2) Cameron, 3) Dresser-Rand, 4) FMC Technologies, 5) GE Oil & Gas, 6) Halliburton, 7) Hercules Offshore, 8) MRC Global, 9) National Oilwell Varco, 10) Newpark Resources, 11) Oceaneering, 12) Oil States International, 13) Parker Drilling, 14) Schlumberger, 15) Transocean, and 16) Weatherford. This report includes analysis based on a total of 1,999 individual company evaluations provided by 1,388 O&G industry insiders. The results document performance of these companies on strategic performance dimensions, overall reputation and provides details of the SCOPE visibility index and company scores on this dimension.

Report Author: Professor Scott Sonenshein, Professor of Management Rice University

This report discusses the importance of organizational change and getting it right for the Oil & Gas Industry. Professor Sonenshein is a world expert on organizational change and organizational design. He draws upon his vast consulting and research experience and
presents five research-generated prescriptions for how best to build effective organizational capabilities for keeping pace with an environment that changes rapidly and unexpectedly
Report Author: Professor Alexander Butler and Erik J. Mayer, Rice University

This article provides a brief and intuitive introduction to methods used in causal inference, suitable for a classroom setting. The paper formalizes the notion that correlation does not imply causation, and develops familiarity with statistical skills to make business policy decisions that are properly informed by data. An emphasis is on establishing compelling counterfactuals when policy choices are subject to selection bias and other endogeneity concerns.


This report documents results for the Integrated Oil & Gas sector from the SCOPE study. It includes five prominent oil & gas services companies: 1) BP, 2) Chevron, 3) ConocoPhillips, 4) ExxonMobil, and 5) Shell. This report includes analysis based on a total of 444 individual company evaluations provided by 376 O&G industry insiders. The results document performance of these companies on strategic performance dimensions, overall reputation and provides details of the SCOPE visibility index and company scores on this dimension.

This report documents results for the Midstream Oil & Gas sector from the SCOPE study. It includes five prominent oil & gas services companies: 1) Buckeye Partners, 2) Enbridge Energy Partners, 3) Enterprise Products Partners, 4) Genesis Energy, 5) Kinder Morgan, 6) Plains All American Pipeline, 7) Spectra Energy, 8) Sunoco, and 9) Targa Resources. This report includes analysis based on a total of 828 individual company evaluations provided by 665 O&G industry insiders. The results document performance of these companies on strategic performance dimensions, overall reputation and provides details of the SCOPE visibility index and company scores on this dimension.

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