Inter-group performance of oil producing countries: a meta and global frontier analysis

Kwaku Ohene-Asare, Victor Sosu Gakpey, Charles Turkson

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to compare the production efficiencies and frontiers differences of oil-producing countries (OPCs) in four inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) in the international petroleum industry with the aim of providing such countries understanding of group characteristics that help maximize their supply interests. 

Design/methodology/approach: The empirical analysis is based on 14 years of panel data covering the period from 2000 to 2013. In all 46 unique countries who are members of four IGOs relevant to the international petroleum industry are examined on individual and group bases. The authors use both metafrontier analysis and global frontier difference in examining the group average and group frontiers, respectively. 

Findings: Groups with high inter and intra-group collaborations which ensure exchange of information, organizational learning and innovation tend to do better than groups with even higher hydro-carbon endowment. Additionally, hydro-carbon resource endowment may not be the solution to group inefficiency without higher endowment in human capital, economic stability, technology and infrastructure. 

Practical implications: Choice of inter-governmental organizational membership should be based on the level of inter- and intra-group collaborations, human capital endowment among others and not mere historic links or even resource endowment. 

Originality/value: This is among the few studies to compare and rank IGOs. Specifically, it is among the first studies to analyze the petroleum production efficiencies of IGOs involved in the international petroleum industry. This study assesses the performance differences among OPCs with the aim of identifying for OPCs the characteristics of inter-governmental groups that are beneficial to efficiency in upstream petroleum activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-448
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Energy Sector Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2018


  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Global frontier differences
  • Intergovernmental organizations
  • Petroleum products
  • Technology gap ratios

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy
  • Strategy and Management


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