Home » Published work

Published work

‘The Sea of Lost Opportunity’

Front cover

Front cover

Expanded, updated and ‘user-friendly’ version of my post-retirement PhD.
For details go to Elsevierdirect at http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780444536457.

Some Book Reviews

“…… a must-read for anyone who is hungry to learn about the industry that grew to become our greatest success story in a very long time.” —The Press and Journal (Aberdeen)

“Meticulously researched, the author draws on extensive reference list, of both published and unpublished sources, and includes testimonies from key participants within the industry in order to drill down to the level of individual company decisions”–Scottish Business and Industrial History

“This book should be essential reading for anyone concerned with the UK’s energy problems or questions of industrial policy. It provides much insight into the complex and ever present interplay of business interests and political policy making.”–Oriel College Record

“Smith …….. seeks to show how governments and industries might more effectively manage new demands and pursue strategic industrial objectives while leaving market mechanisms to function with minimal interference……. Smith’s suggestions as to how Britain could have been done better are no comfort to past governments, but may, well prepare those to come for new challenges.”–Federal Gallery (Australia)

“There is so much wisdom woven into the fabric of this momentous book that its importance simply cannot be overstated. It is richly endowed with analytical tables, charts, and figures and makes compulsive reading.”–Underwater Contractor International

“Smith provides an excellent conclusion that looks at the current UK energy scene and addresses the diverse industrial implications and impacts on future energy policy. ……. Clearly, this is a book to digest with an eye on strategic development, in terms of sustainable supplies and the environmental challenge.”–Materials World Magazine

Published Articles and Research Papers

The Offshore Supplies Office: An Unusual Exercise in UK Industrial Intervention, with a Scottish Headquarters
SCOTTISH BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY, VOL 25, SERIES 2, JULY 2009

UK Wind: Lessons to be Learnt
PETROLEUM REVIEW, VOL 63, NO 758, NOVEMBER 2009

Rebalancing and Industrial Policy: Hints from the North Sea
THE BUSINESS ECONOMIST, VOL 42, NO 2, AUGUST 2011

Industrial Policy – Lessons from the North Sea
CIVITAS REVIEW, VOL 10, ISSUE 2, DECEMBER 2013

The above paper was then cited in a more recent article, see Whitehall Lessons from Offshore Wind
CIVITAS MONTHLY REVIEW, JANUARY 2014

Losing Control: A study of mergers and acquisitions in the British aerospace supply chain. (with Joe Wright).
Shows how foreign ownership rose from 14% to 41%, with much important technology passing out of UK control as a result of sustained M&A activity.
CIVITAS, JUNE 2015

Here is a list of my recent newspaper articles, which all appeared in Energy, a monthly supplement to the Aberdeen The Press and Journal:

November 2004 – How we were in’ 64 and where we are in ’04 …

February 2005 – Reflections from the first round

In 2005 I wrote a mini-history of Burmah Oil:

August 2005 – Scotland’s lost major – Burmah Oil (Part 1 of series)
September 2005 – Scotland’s lost major – Burmah Oil (Part 2 of series)
October 2005 – End of Line for Burmah – dismantling the empire (Part 3 of series)

July 2009 – Lies, damned lies and statistics – Defining what was or was not UK content attracted much controversy

Advertisements