The Case Study Analysis
The BP and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster of 2010 case traces the series of events involving employees of British Petroleum and its contractors leading up to the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, 2010. While there does not appear to be one clear culprit or reason that led to the disaster, the case explores issues of the organization, information and decision making, and individualsâ€™ ability (inability) to voice their values as contributing factors.
Your analysis should include:
1. Why did the Deepwater Horizon disaster happen?
2. In order to prevent (or at least mitigate) the Deepwater Horizon disaster, who should have done what, when, where, and why? Who should have stepped up to stop this disaster?
3. If you became the new CEO of BP, what would you do in the short- and long-term to change the companyâ€™s culture and organizational design?
4.â€œWhat information and decision-making issues played a key role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and how did they contribute to the disaster?â€
5. â€œWhat were the organizational issues and how did they lead to the Deepwater Horizon disaster?â€
Read Ingersoll, C., Locke, R. M., & Reavis, C. (2012). BP and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster of 2010. MIT Sloan School of Management, Case Study.