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Oxford Management Centre

Leadership & Strategic Thinking in the Oil Gas & Petrochemicals Industry

Jun 10—14
5 days
London, United Kingdom
USD 5950
USD 1190 per day
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5 days
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 days
Houston, Texas, United States
USD 6950
USD 1390 per day
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How it works



This programme has been specifically designed for experienced individuals wanting to develop their leadership and strategic thinking skills within the increasingly complex and fast changing oil, gas & petrochemical industry. The elements of the programme provide a structured and coherent framework for identifying and responding to new opportunities. It enables participants to respond to the challenge of linking strategies to profitable growth objectives within these 3 sectors.

The global oil, gas & petrochemical business is undergoing significant change in all dimensions – supply/demand balance, competition, technologies, organisational structures, government policies. It is therefore imperative for business leaders to be able to identify new opportunities and successfully navigate the evolving risk landscape to become the top performers of tomorrow.

The programme will highlight:

  • The changing dynamics of the oil, gas and petrochemical industry
  • Best practice in analysing requirements for sustained success
  • Latest thinking in theory and practice of leadership
  • Driving and leading strategic change in this business
  • Guidelines on the practical application of the programme

Programme Objectives

By the end of this programme, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand each of the 3 dimensions of the programme – (i) oil, gas and petrochemical trends, (ii) leadership, (iii) strategic thinking
  • Develop strategies and recognise the linkage of strategy to achieving and sustaining profitable growth
  • Evaluate and apply key strategic planning frameworks
  • Improve leadership skills to create a systematic approach to business analysis
  • Identify priorities for continued personal and team development

Training Methodology

This programme will be highly participatory and the programme leader will present, guide and facilitate learning, using a range of methods including formal presentation, discussions, sector-specific case studies and exercises. Above all the programme leader will make extensive use of real-life case examples in which he has been personally involved.

Organisational impact

In sending delegates to this programme the organisation will gain the following benefits.

  • Improved leadership performance at all management levels
  • Greater commitment of teams and individuals to achieving goals
  • More rapid reaction to changes in the business environment
  • Closer alignment of strategic and operational activities
  • More cohesive teamwork across different organisational functions
  • An improved planning approach that will sustain profitable growth

Personal impact

In attending this programme individual delegates will gain the following benefits.

  • Familiarisation with state-of-the-art leadership thinking
  • Practical ideas for developing and aligning your teams
  • Making a more effective contribution to strategic and operational planning
  • Up-to-date understanding of main trends in this business
  • Greater confidence in dealing with strategic and operational risk
  • Improved ability in identifying and managing change


Day1 - Leadership in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry

  • The differences between leadership and management
  • What do we mean by leadership in these sectors?
  • Turning leadership theory into leadership action
  • Leadership styles and managing your impact as a leader
  • Why would anyone want to be led by you?
  • Case example / case study

Day2 - The Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry – Challenges and Opportunities

  • Macroeconomic relationships – companies, governments, institutions
  • What is driving structural shift in each sector?
  • OPEC and non-OPEC players and the major markets
  • Strategic challenges and opportunities facing the industry
  • Organisational design and business models
  • Case example / case study

Day3 - Strategic Thinking in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry

  • What is strategy and why does it matter?
  • Integration and alignment of strategic and operational management
  • Analytical and problem solving frameworks
  • The central concept of profitable growth
  • Developing a strategic plan
  • Monitoring strategic performance
  • Case example / case study

Day4 - Contributing to an Analysis of Strategic Risk

  • What is strategic risk and why is it important?
  • Understanding the risk management process
  • The main tools and techniques of risk analysis and risk management
  • Application of the risk management process at the strategic level
  • How to develop your strategic risk management regime
  • Case example / case study

Day5 - Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Leadership and Strategic Thinking Workshop

  • Strategic leadership for team development
  • Innovative leadership skills
  • Developing a strategic thinking culture in your team
  • Case study to synthesise the whole programme
  • Key learnings and programme summary
  • Developing a personal plan to apply this programme in your organisation

Who should attend

The programme “Leadership and Strategic Thinking in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry” will benefit professionals from any specialisation in the organisation who desire to improve their leadership skills and/or are involved in creating and maximising profitable growth. In the past the following delegate categories have benefited from attending this programme.

  • Strategic and operational planning specialists
  • Financial managers and financial analysts
  • Business development specialists
  • Sales and marketing staff
  • Logistics and supply chain specialists
  • Human resource specialists
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