Knowledge Management Initiatives at British Petroleum

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Knowledge Management
Case Length : 11 Pages
Period : 1994 - 2002
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : British Petroleum
Industry : Petroleum
Countries : UK


The case discusses the various knowledge management (KM) initiatives undertaken by the UK- based oil and gas exploration major British Petroleum Plc. (BP) in the 1990s. It describes in detail the Virtual Teamwork project started in late 1994; the Knowledge Management team established in 1997; and the application of KM tools for reducing the emission of harmful gases like carbon dioxide and methane in the late 1990s. The case also describes the various KM tools used by BP including Peer Assist, BP Connect, After Action Review and Retrospect. The benefits reaped by BP through the above KM initiatives and the challenges faced during the implementation process are discussed.


To understand the KM tools and techniques adopted by a company successful in its KM initiatives


  Page No.
Introduction 1
The Virtual Team Work Project 2
Formation of Groups 3
The Challenges Faced 4
The Benefits Reaped 4
The Follow Up 5
Emissions Trading at BP 7
The Emission Trading System at BP 7
Exhibits 10


Knowledge management, KM, UK, based, oil and gas, exploration, British Petroleum Plc., BP, 1990, Virtual Teamwork, 1994, 1997, KM tools, emission, carbon dioxide, methane, 1990, Peer Assist, BP Connect, After Action Review, Retrospect

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