In reviewing Professor Klein's paper on Entrepreneurial definitions and their impact on the oil and gas industry. I was asking myself, what types of jobs are going to be developed and necessary in the future. Is it reasonable to expect that by changing;
- The key organizational construct of the industry,
- Enabling the entrepreneur,
- Using the Accounting Voucher module to provide a more defined division of labor,
- The impact of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT).
Will the jobs that exist today in oil and gas be the same as in the future? It would seem a terrible waste if the users and developers came up with defined roles and responsibilities that essentially replicate what exists in an oil and gas firm today. I asked a similar question in a post entitled "Who would Henry Ford hire?"
How would they parse the "future" oil and gas worker's roles in the prospective oil and gas organization. What careers would develop, what careers other then management would recede, and would any role remain consistent from the current to the future era of the industry.
Today the study of Anthropology is asking these types of questions and in many cases, large software companies use Anthropologists to provide the answers. One of the definitions of Anthropology that I found is provided here.
Socio-cultural Anthropology is the study of cultures of living human populations, usually through ethnographic research. Socio-cultural anthropologists often study contemporary societies by observing human behavior while living and working in those communities. This is called "participant-observation". Traditionally such field work was conducted in rural, agrarian, or forager communities. Anthropologists now might also be found working in urban and "western" societies.If we are to-do-more-with-less, as the retirement of the boomers suggests. The division of labor is the one proven method of increasing the output per worker. That is to say that all additional economic value is generated through the reorganization of people. These are the concepts that will enable the industry to meet the market demand for energy.
The nature of the research questions asked varies widely, but usually involves an attempt to understand the socio-political and economic structure of the community, relations within and between families, and also the relationship of the community to the physical environment within which it operates. Modern cultural anthropology might involve studies to address community socio-economic development, political empowerment, or social dislocation. This sort of anthropology may contribute to community development, or the alleviation of social inequity.
I wish to appeal to those that have an interest in making this software development project real. If you know of a producing company, or an oil and gas investor that is interested in sponsoring this project, please email the URL of the web log to them and join me here.
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