Thunderbird School of Global Management

Advanced Management Program for Oil & Gas Industry Executives

Available dates

Dec 2—6, 2019
5 days
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
USD 8950
USD 1790 per day

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About the course

Curriculum Highlights

As you analyze the key issues facing global oil and gas organizations, the lessons learned can be applied to the issues facing your company. When you leave the program, you will have a new understanding of:

  • The development and execution of strategic initiatives in a global, regional, and national context, along with a better appreciation of the inherent conflicts that new strategies will reflect and ways to mitigate associated risks
  • Contemporary tools such as blue ocean thinking that will help you develop actionable insights into the complexities of the competitive landscape
  • The financial tools required to trace the impact of strategies at the corporate level and the manner in which different strategies place unique demands on a firm’s financial resources
  • Alternative ways in which financial deals are structured in the industry and the situations where each approach might fit
  • Managing multiple stakeholders in sensitive projects and ways to identify and address stakeholder needs before any conflicts arise
  • Do’s and don’ts in collaborative projects such as joint ventures, strategic alliances, operated-by-others, and limited partnerships
  • The uniqueness of National Oil Companies (NOC) and the potential areas where interests of NOCs and International Oil Companies (IOC) can be productively harnessed

The Gold Standard

For those in search of the ‘gold standard’ in corporate education for the oil and gas industry, Thunderbird School of Global Management’s “Advanced Management Program for Oil & Gas Industry Executives” (AMP) is it.

Taught by faculty with in-depth expertise in the industry and its business challenges, this two-week program covers a broad set of tools spanning strategy formulation and execution, set within the context of the oil and gas business. You will also gain insights into the leadership skills, collaboration skills and influencing skills that can complement technical acumen.

Drawing from the successes and failures of companies across the industry, you will walk away with a better a better insight into four broad themes:

  • The role of governments in the industry
  • The changing complexities of National Oil Companies as partners
  • The industry level challenges of competition and competitive positioning along the value chain
  • The potential for disruption by innovators who are emerging all along the value chain

A Course with Real Solutions

As you analyze the key issues facing global oil and gas organizations, the lessons learned can be applied to the issues facing your company. When you leave the program, you will have a new understanding of:

  • The development and execution of strategic initiatives in a global, regional, and national context, along with a better appreciation of the inherent conflicts that new strategies will reflect and ways to mitigate associated risks
  • Contemporary tools such as blue ocean thinking that will help you develop actionable insights into the complexities of the competitive landscape
  • The financial tools required to trace the impact of strategies at the corporate level and the manner in which different strategies place unique demands on a firm’s financial resources
  • Alternative ways in which financial deals are structured in the industry and the situations where each approach might fit
  • Managing multiple stakeholders in sensitive projects and ways to identify and address stakeholder needs before any conflicts arise
  • Do’s and don’ts in collaborative projects such as joint ventures, strategic alliances, operated-by-others, and limited partnerships
  • The uniqueness of National Oil Companies (NOC) and the potential areas where interests of NOCs and International Oil Companies (IOC) can be productively harnessed

The program adopts an ecosystem view of the industry and thus spans the entire value chain ranging from exploration to downstream and chemicals. In doing so, it addresses a wide variety of value creators including focused independents, venture capital and private equity firms, as well as traditional players such as the oilfield service companies.

Program Highlights & Participant Profile

Using interactive tools and interpersonal activities, you will learn how to navigate the oil and gas industry’s global changes.

Case studies, corporate strategic planning activities and the development of a personal leadership development plan will round out your studies. The intent is to provide participants with a 360° view of the industry, its competitive dynamics, and potential future trajectories. The highlight of the program is the rich discussion and interactions that take place across the diverse participants, resulting in actionable insights that can inform your own thinking about potential growth strategies for your company, business unit, or function.

Learn how to navigate the oil and gas industry’s global changes, using cutting-edge interactive tools and interpersonal activities:

  • Cultural Assessments – learn about your cultural assumptions and assess personal cultural knowledge gaps using Thunderbird’s cultural context inventory.
  • Role Play and Situational Analysis – participate in a negotiation exercise that incorporates leadership skills, strategy, cross-cultural communication, decision making and financial acumen lessons learned during the program.
  • Financial Performance Assessments – work with world-class faculty who are oil and gas industry experts to analyze and interpret the data you compiled on a series of financial worksheets prior to attending this continuing education training to evaluate your organization’s business and financial strengths and weaknesses.

Case studies, corporate strategic planning activities and the development of a personal leadership development plan will round out your studies.

Who should attend

This rigorous two-week executive program is designed for upper-middle to senior-level leaders facing industry-related globalization challenges, such as:

  • Restructuring and consolidation
  • Joint ventures and alliances
  • New market entry into politically unstable regions
  • The juggling of multiple global projects and partners and more

The type of positions that attend include individuals in the following positions:

  • A functional specialist ascending to a senior management position that requires a more comprehensive view of strategy and execution issues at the corporate level
  • A senior leader looking to re-tool in the areas of globalization and its impact on the oil and gas business, as well as gain new insights into successful strategies deployed by players all across the global industry value chain
  • A high-potential manager looking to fast-track a career in the industry
  • A senior manager from an NOC who is looking to gain insights into IOC thinking, and vice versa
  • An executive from a newly established NOC looking to get a global perspective of the industry and its challenges
  • Venture capitalists or private equity investors seeking to make informed judgments about investment opportunities

Trust the experts

Kannan Ramaswamy

Areas of Expertise: Energy Sector, Oil & Gas, Global Strategy, Emerging Markets, India, South Asia, Mergers and Acquisitions, Top Management, Corporate Governance Courses: Global Strategy Professional Bio: Kannan Ramaswamy, Ph.D., is the William D. Hacker Chair Professor of Management in the ...

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Andrew Inkpen

Areas of Expertise: Joint ventures and strategic alliances, Global strategy, International knowledge management. Courses: Corporate Strategy, Global Energy Industry, Selected Topic: Energy Sector, Strategic Management Professional Bio: Dr. Andrew C. Inkpen is professor of management and the J. Ke...

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Michael Moffett

Areas of Expertise: Multinational financial management, Treasury management, Financial management of the oil and gas industry Professional Bio: Dr. Michael H. Moffett is an associate professor of finance and holds the Continental Grain Professorship in Finance at Thunderbird School of Global Mana...

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William Youngdahl

William (“Bill”) Youngdahl is an associate professor of project and operations leadership and William D. Hacker Faculty Fellow at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also serves as the academic director for Thunderbird’s Leading Global Projects executive education program. Youngdahl teach...

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