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Course Schedule
Classroom Sessions:
Date Venue Fees
02 - 06 Sep 2024 London - UK $5,950
16 - 20 Dec 2024 London - UK $5,950
Course Description


The energy industry is transforming its business models to deal with the uncertain energy landscape. To create value in this environment, we need to have superior management techniques. As Peter Drucker once said: “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision”.

This Glomacs training course introduces the audience to art and science of asset management in the oil and gas industry. It highlights the role of human judgement and analytical models to make better business decisions. Our focus would be on key insights that support major decisions in energy investment projects.

This training course will highlight:

  • The evolving global energy landscape and the key emerging challenges.
  • The effect of cognitive biases and heuristics
  • The techniques of decision analysis and decision quality.
  • Market insights and financial knowledge to support managerial decisions.
  • Risk and uncertainty in energy projects
  • Management decisions as managing risk and capitalizing on upside opportunities.
  • Emerging trends: environmental concerns
  • Effective use of business analytics in management decisions.


Companies run businesses and to succeed in business they need to create value through management decisions. The energy industry has unique characteristics. It is highly capital intensive, has uncertain project outcomes, and is technically complex. This has led to specialized techniques that support good business decisions.

At the end of this training course, you will learn to:

  • Understand the evolving energy business and its managerial challenges.
  • Appreciate the uncertain nature of investing and the dynamics of the value drivers.
  • Gain insights from models of uncertainty to support projects decisions.
  • Apply the understanding in technical and managerial decision making.
  • Use business analytic tools to support prudent decision making.

Training Methodology

The sessions include lectures, discussions, and guided real-world practice. The aim is to develop problem-solvers and effective decision makers rather than merely conveying information.

Organisational Impact

The key challenge in the energy industry is in good managerial decision making. This course trains individuals that

  • Increase organization’s capabilities in analyzing and managing energy ventures.
  • Possess knowledge and skills to develop high quality decision processes.
  • Are effective in enhancing the petroleum value chain.
  • Have an overview of the energy business and the appeal of the projects.
  • Support the prudent decision-making process.
  • Open doors to further opportunities in the energy landscape.

Personal Impact

With enhanced skills in effective managerial decision making, the individual would be an effective problem solver. These skills further lead to enhancing the value of the person in an organization. The set of skills and knowledge that this course offers prepares individuals for a more effective role within the process of management decision making and investment in the energy business. This training course

  • Increases personal capabilities in analyzing and evaluating energy ventures.
  • Enhances the knowledge and skills in assessing the value creation potentials of opportunities.
  • Make the individual effective in enhancing the petroleum value chain and the work process.
  • Trains individuals that can address challenges and opportunities.
  • Leads to identification of potential value creating opportunities and increases the value of the individual to the firm.
  • Trains individuals to be effective managerial decision makers.


In this course, we discuss the art and science of managerial decision making. Our discussions, while general in context, apply directly to the challenges of the oil and gas industry. Such an understanding is vital for management decision making.

The material in this course will be useful to managers and decision makers in the energy business. The course is also relevant to analysts, engineers, and consultants that support the process of decision making.

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals including:

  • Managers and decision makers involved in value creation for the energy business.
  • Commercial staff who would like to gain the skills to support major decisions.
  • Decision makers involved in oil and gas financing and investment.
  • Analysts involved in the analysis that creates insights for project decisions.
  • Researchers and practitioners who aim to broaden their knowledge of the business.
Course Outline


Principles of management decision analysis

We start by introducing the participants to the fundamentals of the oil and natural gas industry. We further discuss the fundamentals of value-enhancing decisions.

  • A brief history of the petroleum industry
  • Understanding decisions
  • The discipline of decision analysis
  • Lessons learned from the oil and gas industry.
  • Energy projects and their cost-benefit characteristics
  • Why should we worry about management decision making?


Behavioral versus model-based decision-making

Human judgement is an integral part of management decision making. However, judgments are not always perfect.

  • Behavioral biases and descriptive decisions
  • Normative decision models
  • Heuristics and biases in management decision making.
  • Business economics of energy projects
  • Cost versus benefit analysis: a key feature of acceptance or rejection.
  • The value chain for energy projects and good decision insights


Managing Uncertainty in Petroleum Ventures

Project values are sensitive to a variety of uncertain factors. We discuss the common uncertain features of the energy projects and then discuss measures of controlling and mitigating the risks.

  • Oil and gas reserves, probabilistic reserves
  • The formation of the energy commodity markets and their implications for business.
  • Price trends and insights for business decisions.
  • Modeling uncertainty: Tools and techniques for risk management
  • Uncertainty quantification techniques.
  • All models are wrong: uncertainty models for effective management decisions.
  • Tutorial (Part 1): building a valuation model


Economic Decision Analysis

We discuss tools that support management decision making. We further use the power of computers (MS Excel® and its add-ins) to support decisions.

  • Uncertainty, risk, and the upside opportunity
  • The valuation principle in financial economics
  • Value of information and value of flexibility
  • Measures of value and the real options of the industry
  • Sensitivity analysis in project appraisals
  • Business analytics in the oil and gas industry
  • Tutorial (Part 2): An investment decision in field development project


Analytical tools and future trends

In the final day of the course, we discuss the emerging trends and introduce analytical tools to implement the concepts.

  • Analysis of cash flows in petroleum projects
  • The markets and the geo-politics of energy
  • Practical aspects of petroleum business decisions (uses of analytics)
  • Case study: Setting-up an investment decision support model in MS Excel
  • Environmental considerations and the role of emission markets
  • Concluding remarks: Does “success on business depend on courageous decisions”?
  • On successful completion of this training course, GLOMACS Certificate will be awarded to the delegates
  • Continuing Professional Education credits (CPE) : In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsor, one CPE credit is granted per 50 minutes of attendance
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