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SPE Building Organisational Capability and Knowledge Management

2 – 3 June 2014

Abu Dhabi, UAE | Jumeirah Etihad Towers

About this Workshop


Resourcing the ever-growing oil and gas industry with talented skill pools to deliver business goals is a challenging action of all times. Hydrocarbon communities are on the march to double or triple their production and enhance their reserve-base with diminishing talent supply. This challenge is becoming even more exciting in the recent days due to the change of organisational culture, which forces us to adopt the notion of “employ very fast, train very fast, and loose very fast” in reflection to the current dynamics of competitive employment markets. When our best talents diffuse into the resource-pulling grounds, not only we lose talents but also their experience and knowledge. Hence, the need to embrace innovative strategies in order to build our organisational capacity and manage the acquisition, diffusion and exploitation of business knowledge is urgently required.

It is envisaged that the challenge-spectrum traverses a wide range of issues, starting from technical and leadership concerns, passing through business partnering and operational practices concerns, and all the way through to Lean processes, knowledge, and talent management concerns. This pack of challenges create a thrust in building dynamic leaders for today and tomorrow, hand-in-hand with the thrust of building competent workforce that is aligned with business growth aspirations.

This workshop is dedicated to bring all these challenges on the surface, with prominent oil and gas professionals, blended with a wide range of human resource and business related speakers from operating and service companies. The puzzle to resolve is how to build our organisational capacity and retain our critical knowledge for business continuity, given that we are losing our experienced talents and replacing them with competent but less experience generations.

Who Should Attend

  • HR Managers
  • Career Developers
  • Performance Managers
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Human Capital Experts
  • Workforce Planning Managers
  • Recruitment Managers
  • Young Professionals

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


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 Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.


  • 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.


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.


In keeping with workshop 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.