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- Kurzbeschreibung<p>Although Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) represents only a small number of investors, nevertheless it is on the rise, which means that the environmental performance of oil and gas companies has certain implications for those companies' funding.The aim of this paper is to explore environmental performance in the oil and gas industry and the relationships between environmental performance and SRI in the company BP. A mixed research design is employed in this study in which two types of qualitative exploratory analysis are used: an illustrative case study with BP and semi-structured interviews conducted with 14 individuals including environmental managers, investor relations managers and investment managers. In addition, the researcher will use a qualitative comparison analysis in looking at publications produced by BP on the topic of environmental performance. In this study, the researcher found there to be minimal correlation between environmental performance and ist effects on investors' SRI decisions. This paper has implications for further enhancing the definition of environmental performance and increasing company value for SRI investors, although it is limited by the size of the sample and other uncontrollable variables.This paper increases the understanding of current definitions of environmental performance in the oil and gas industry and enhances values for SRI investors when investing in oil and gas companies. This research is the first to investigate the relationship between environmental performance and SRI using interviews as a research design method in exploring this topic in the oil and gas industry, as well the first research to establish best practice environmental performance management in the oil and gas industry.</p>
- AutorAlison Matthew
- VerlagAnchor Academic Publishing
- Seiten52 Seiten
- Gewicht98 g
- LeseprobeText Sample:<br>Chapter 3.1, Introduction:<br>There is a great body of research on environmental performance and its financial implications for the oil and gas industry. This research study will examine the definition and indicators of environmental performance in the oil and gas industry, as well as the environmental performance and share price of BP, specifically after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill accident. This study is conducted using a mixed research design that incorporates semi-structured interviews with environmental managers and investor relations managers, external governing bodies in the oil and gas industry and investment managers, as well as an illustrated case study of BP.<br>Chapter 3.2 Research Design / Proposed Method:<br>According to Marczyk et al (2005), research design is a plan in which research is conducted with the aim of answering the question of interest. A descriptive research design is used in this study and is a fact-finding endeavour (Richey and Klein, 2007). It is best suited for the research questions in hand in which it information is used in devising hypotheses; it is a type of research that cannot be tested or verified but simply analysed and evaluated (Monsen and Van Horn, 2008). For the purpose of answering the proposed descriptive research question, a mixed research design method with two types of descriptive qualitative analysis will be used: interviews and a case study. A qualitative approach to the treatment of data allows for in-depth analysis of open-ended data, such as interviews, and it provides room for interpretation (Creswell, 2003); while quantitative research design uses a more formal and systematic approach with the incorporation of the analysis of numerical values, best suited for answering quantitative types of research questions (Marczyk et al., 2005). Furthermore, interviews provide in-depth understanding of the experience, perception and meaning of an individual s experience (Seidman, 2013). Using interviews as a research method is a powerful way of gaining insight into important issues that are reflected on by the people involved (Seiman, 2013); which is something quantitative analysis cannot provide. A case study provides a great scope for proposition analysis, insight into the subject examined and a strong causal relationship of interest, and it provides the ability for generating a sound hypothesis (Gerring, 2007). An illustrative type of case study is descriptive and uses a few instances of examples to demonstrate a specific situation (Mann, 2006); thus this type of case study has been chosen for this research study in which descriptive examples of BP s operations and approaches are examined and reflect the study topic at hand
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