Leadership and Strategic Thinking in the Oil & Gas Industry

Who Should Attend
Geoscientists, engineers and all decision-makers involved in the energy industry, with emphasis on oil and gas.
Course Content

Times of rapid technological innovation, financial turmoil, new plays and markets, distributed teams and workforces, difficult-to-control social media, shortages of technical expertise, and time pressures involved in achieving operational objectives have come together to create new challenges and opportunities for leadership. How the issues relate to the oil and gas business (exploration, development, oilfield services, support services, financial sector) constitutes the core of this course, along with ways to transform challenges into opportunities, and to develop effective strategic thinking.

Key Topics Covered in the Course
  • Leadership theories: profiles, comparisons, applications
  • Management theories and application to oil and gas industry
  • Creative problem-solving: internal, external, public presence
  • Dealing with rapid change
  • Impact of technological innovation
  • Dealing with rapidly changing regulatory environment
  • Environmental issues: operations, procedures, perception and reality
  • Social network power & potential pitfalls
  • Impact of social networking on organizational structure and integrity
  • Diversity in the global context / distributed workplace
  • Team-building across disciplines
  • Dealing with “game-changers” (resource plays, new ways of structuring deals, capital from national oil companies, international partnerships)
  • Key articles / thinkers / emergent ideas

MBA in Energy Leadership: This course can be taken alone, or in conjunction with the AAPG’s partnerships in Energy Leadership. If you are considering applying for the Texas A&M Texarkana MBA in Energy Leadership, this course is required.

Structure of the Online Course

This is a four-module course designed to be completed within 4 weeks. You may start the course at any time and work at your own pace. You will have direct interaction with the instructor via email and will receive materials through a course website. For each unit, you will be required to complete a brief report.

Expires on
01 January, 9999
Member Tuition
Expires on
01 January, 9999
Nonmember Tuition
100 people

Includes course materials and direct interaction with the instructor via e-mail.


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Susan Nash, Ph.D. Director of Education and Professional Development +1 918 560 2604
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Debbi Boonstra Education Manager +1 918 560-2630
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