Date of Conferral



Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Chad Sines


Ineffective risk assessment strategies can negatively impact the natural gas industry.

Engineer project managers who struggle to maintain a risk assessment plan are at high risk of failure, which could result in devastating consequences for the business and environment. Grounded in the theory of risk assessment, the purpose of this qualitative single case study was to explore strategies engineer project managers in the natural gas industry use to improve risk assessment planning to reduce pipeline accidents and improve profitability. The participants comprised of 5 engineer project managers in Virginia, who effectively use risk assessment strategies to promote safety metrics and maximize effective approaches to improve the natural gas industry. Data were collected from semistructured interviews, company documents, and company social media platforms. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. Four themes emerged: safety, training and development, process management, and strategic risk assessment. The implications for positive social change include continuous monitoring of project engineer managers to create a risk assessment plan to support safety initiatives for economic development in the business, environment, community, and society.