On the night of the 20th April 2010 a series of explosions rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Gas in the Macondo well had climbed up unexpectedly, resulting in a mixture of mud and sea water to uncontrollably spit into the air like a volcanic eruption. Eleven crew members died in the explosion. The nation mourned their loss, and people watched as BP struggled to contain the environmental damage. Million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in the early … Read more »

On the night of the 20th April 2010 a series of explosions rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Gas in the Macondo well had climbed up unexpectedly, resulting in a mixture of mud and sea water to uncontrollably spit into the air like a volcanic eruption. Eleven crew members died in the explosion. The nation mourned their loss, and people watched as BP struggled to contain the environmental damage. Million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in the next few weeks. Left the federal government on BP to manage aftermath of the accident, in part because government officials lacked the expertise needed to stop the spill. Meanwhile, BP downplayed their responsibility for the failure. As the company failed repeatedly to stop the spill, the public was furious. This industrial disaster was the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Based on the investigation of the Presidential Commission, and numerous journalistic accounts, the case provides a detailed description of the events. To this catastrophic accident Readers examine the key decisions that BP and its partners, as well drilled this. Explore the alternative options that have been made and was able to learn about the disagreements that took place (as well as those that do not surface). In addition, the case provides an opportunity to examine how BP’s history and corporate culture, the way in which these decisions were made influenced. The case describes how Tony Hayward and his predecessor, John Browne, shaped the culture of the company and led over the past two decades. In addition, the case, as the regulatory environment and the political forces shaped decision-making in the oil industry explained. The case concludes with the examination of the consequences of the accident, especially the public relations miscues that BP experienced as it tries to cope with the crisis.
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Michael A. Roberto
Source: Ivey Publishing
19 pages.
Release Date: 18, October 2011. Prod #: W11366-PDF-ENG
BP and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill HBR case solution