Advanced Management Program

Advanced Management Program for Oil & Gas Industry Executives

November 28 – December 9
Thunderbird Campus

This rigorous two-week executive training seminar is designed for upper-middle to senior-level managers facing globalization challenges in the oil and gas industry – restructuring and consolidation, joint ventures and alliances, new market entry into politically unstable regions, the juggling of multiple global projects and partners, and more.

An elite corporate education solution taught by faculty with unsurpassed oil and gas industry knowledge, this program is considered the “gold standard” in the industry. You will learn how to better relate with and work alongside managers from diverse backgrounds – from global and national oil companies to oilfield services companies and state-owned enterprises in our oil & gas program.

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Participants describe the Advanced Management Program for Oil & Gas Industry Executives, a two-week certificate course at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.

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Learn how to navigate the oil and gas industry’s global changes, using cutting-edge interactive tools and interpersonal activities:

  • Cultural Assessments – learn about your cultural assumptions and assess personal cultural knowledge gaps, using Thunderbird’s cultural context inventory.
  • Role Play and Situational Analysis – participate in a negotiation exercise that incorporates leadership skills, strategy, cross-cultural communication, decision making and financial acumen lessons learned during the program.
  • Financial Performance Assessments –work with world-class faculty who are oil and gas industry experts to analyze and interpret the data you compiled on a series of financial worksheets prior to attending this continuing education training to evaluate your organization’s business and financial strengths and weaknesses.

Approximately 75 percent of any given Advanced Management Program participant group is comprised of non-U.S. managers, allowing you to further enhance your global management skills as you complete team exercises with peers from around the globe. Case studies, corporate strategic planning activities and the development of a personal leadership development plan will round out your studies.

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A Course with Real, Applicable Solutions

The invaluable lessons you learn from this management training seminar as you analyze key issues faced by today’s global oil and gas firms can be applied to the very issues facing your own organization.

You will complete this corporate management training program with a new understanding of:

  • Negotiation preparation and problem-solving strategies.
  • Corporate finance and accounting, including an understanding of sustainable levels of cash flow and investment activity, as well as production sharing agreements.
  • The issues you’ll face in developing countries, including managing in geographic regions with a history of corruption.
  • Your organization’s supply chain, operation cycle times, time to market and service support models.
  • The role of politicians, communities, activist groups, and media in energy facility development projects.

High-potential Participants

You’ll join upper-middle to senior-level oil and gas managers & industry professionals spanning the globe – peer participants in top executive leadership roles ready to share their varied corporate experiences in a collaborative environment free from competition.

What Past Participants Are Saying

Multiply the scope of the subject matter by the depth at which you are studying it; add to it experience, actuality and fun, and you get the Advanced Management Program for Oil and Gas – a total learning experience.

Personnel manager
Schlumberger Oilfield Services


The Advanced Management Program for Oil and Gas provides valuable understanding through balanced and meaningful visions of our restless, changing world.

Exploration manager


The Advanced Management Program for Oil and Gas is an excellent way to stimulate both thought and perspective – as an individual, and in the context of the business we do.

Manager, business development
Unocal Corp


Is Your Company Listed?

Ready to join the important list of companies who have participated in Thunderbird’s Advanced Management Program for Oil & Gas Industry Executives? Below is a sampling:

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company ADCO Amoco Orient Petroleum Co.
Apache Corp. ARCO British Ltd. Ashland Exploration, Inc.
Baker Hughes Banco Bisa (Bolivia) BP
ChevronTexaco China National Offshore Oil Co. ConocoPhillips
Copetrol - Egypt Devon Energy Egyptian General Petroleum Corp.
Encana Corporation Eni-Lasmo Exxon Mobil Corporation
Fletcher Challenge Petroleum, Inc. Geisum Oil Company Global Marine Drilling Company
Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company Halliburton Energy Services Kuwait Oil Company
LUKOIL Magellan Petroleum Australia, Ltd. Malaysia-Thailand Joint Authority
Mobil Oil Corp. Natchiq, Inc. Nexen Petroleum International
Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. Occidental Petroleum Corp. Pertamina
Petróbras Petroeos Mexicanos Petronas
Pluspetrol Exploration and Production S.A. Qatar General Petroleum Corp. Repsol-YPF
Santa Fe International Corp.-Azerbaijan SchlumbergerSidanco Oil Co. Smith International
Suncor Energy The National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago Unipetrol Nigeria PLC
Unocal Corporation VICO Indonesia Wintershall AG
World Bank    



Thunderbird’s diverse faculty members bring you renowned global business instruction as well as intimate cultural insight you simply won’t find elsewhere. Their consulting experience with companies around the world, coupled with their own diverse heritages, means that your global business instruction is merged with cross-cultural insight. The end result: you’ll interact with the world’s most accomplished global thought leaders and leave Thunderbird prepared to lead and drive your own global business success anywhere in the world.

The Advanced Management Program for Oil & Gas Industry Executives is led by Professor Kannan Ramaswamy, with support from the following program faculty: Lena Booth, Richard Ettenson, Andrew Inkpen, Denis Leclerc, Michael Moffett, Graeme Rankine and Bill Youngdahl.

Pricing Details

USD $15,375

Price includes tuition, instructional and assessment materials, meals for the program and accommodations at the on-campus Thunderbird Executive Inn, a full-service facility offering a host of amenities and business services for executives (+ 1 602 978-7987).

Each participant must be sponsored by his/her company, with the understanding of being relieved of all organizational duties for the duration of the program.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

6.5 CEUs

CEUs provide a permanent record of the professional development training and non-credit enhancement activities of working executives who wish to stay current in global business. One CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours of time spent at a qualified instruction site. Participants who complete this program earn 6.5 CEUs.

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