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Building Organisational Capabilities for the Future: Challenges and Strategies

3–4 June 2013

Abu Dhabi, UAE | Park Hyatt Hotel

About this Workshop

Abstract

One of the most persistent challenges for organisations today is how to accomplish more with optimum work force and finding the best way to do this is the continuing challenge in the oil and gas industry. To stay competitive in today’s dynamic environment, companies need to be open to the ongoing process changes for the purpose of developing the organisational capabilities and know how.

The growth and business expansions in the oil and gas industry urge the leaders to take serious steps and adapt means to stay competitive so as to maintain high level of performance by continuously working on building the organisational capabilities. These organisational capabilities aren’t always technical but social as well, and they may differ across industries and different regions.

Building organisational capabilities is a top priority for most companies. Being the key element in uplifting performance, best practices in that field might be satisfying, but is satisfying good enough?

One of the key success factors is the direct involvement of senior executives in setting the agenda (strategy), structure, and process in line with capabilities most critical to performance and more effective at building the required skills.

Building organisational capabilities by focusing on top priority projects or talent development would lead to improving performance and will help in learning the extent to which these programmes are effective, and where and how these skills are required in the current operations and business. The employees would also gain new skills required for projects/new technologies to sustain performance level of the company.

Knowledge transfer from the experienced employees to the young professionals through an established system and defined process is a key part of building the organisational capabilities.
Alignment of training and development with the company’s strategy would lead to building the capabilities required by the business to perform well.

Building organisational capabilities would not only set the organisation to unlimited speed but also motivate the employees and would positively contribute in to staff retention.

Workshop Objectives

This workshop will aim at reviewing international best practices related to integrated services, focus on challenges and models available and applicable to the Middle East, and share regional experiences from a positive and negative standpoint.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa, and India will assist in providing a visa invitation letter, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the delegate's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.

Workshop Guidelines

Format

Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended breakout sessions and Q&A periods. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt.

Documentation

  • Proceedings will not be published. Therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.

Poster Session

The Steering Committee encourages registrations from professionals who are able to prepare and present a poster on a relevant project. For further details kindly contact Saba Faghihi at sfaghihi@spe.org.

Attendance

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.

Commercialism

In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.