University of Oulu

Managing the energy transition in established organizations towards a low-carbon future : case Royal Dutch Shell

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Author: Kaukoranta, Hanna1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu Business School, Department of Management and International Business, International Business
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Pages: 74
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : H. Kaukoranta, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-06-11
Thesis type: Master's thesis
Tutor: Hurmelinna-Laukkanen, Pia
Reviewer: Hermes, Jan
Hurmelinna-Laukkanen, Pia


This thesis seeks to find results and clarify the energy transition in an energy sector through the central precedents and processes in established firms. The outcomes of these results are estimated and also considered how the energy transition process is managed in the aspect of incumbent multinational corporations. The research of major transition processes is significant since external factors and other parties affect on the internal operations of organizations, decision-making processes and in the contrary. Management level decision-making also needs to take multi-dimensionally various factors into account in transitions since the transition processes are extremely complex and take time. There are considered two different transitional approaches: multi-level perspective theory and corporate social responsibility in transition processes in the thesis. Moreover, document analysis is utilized as a research method in this study.

The conclusion can be drawn from the research that natural gas, new innovations and technologies, such as the CCS technology, are the key operations in the ongoing transition in an energy sector. Renewable energy sources are also utilized and developed, yet their share is still too small in the global energy mix. By analyzing the corporate management decision-making in an energy sector, it can lead to the conclusions that the transition towards a low-carbon future is already in arrears, and no certain party is solely resposnbile for it. However, with good strategic operations, established organizations are able to contribute to the energy transition process. Organizations should genuinely be responsible for their actions and also emphasize transparency, not just create strategies for publicity.

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