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Empires of Oil: Corporate Oil in Barbarian Worlds by Duncan Clarke

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Part  3CORPORATE SOLDIERSAND BARBARIANS

The difficulties of operating in barbarian worlds confront corporate oil “soldiers” (boards, top executives, management, professional staff, employees, even contractors) with a number of distinct challenges. The industry will encounter these problems more often as portfolio diversification leads more companies further into riskier developing worlds.

Let us begin with the human face of the corporate players and their antithesis – the soldiers and barbarians – and cast the dilemmas in dramatic form by way of stereotypes contrasting the quintessential corporate executive with the vastly different traditional barbarians likely to be encountered. The new variant of “modern” barbarian, found largely in the West, ...

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