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Books, Case Studies and Films




YPE suggests the following books as primers on the global oil and gas industry:

Film / Video

YPE hopes you've enjoyed the following films involving the energy industry:

HBS Case Studies

YPE suggests the following Harvard Business School case studes on the global oil and gas industry:

  • MW Petroleum Corp. (1994):  This case focuses primarily on valuation, involving discounted cash flows, option pricing, and simulation techniques.

  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.: The Conoco Split-off (2001):  Intendend discussion is to debate the merits of the company's proposed risky strategic shift into a new "hot" industry whose prospects are highly uncertain. 
  • BP and the Consolidation of the Oil Industry—1998-2002 (2002):  Learning objective is to analyze vertical integration, horizontal integration, economies of scale, potential limits to growth, and competition in a commodity industry.  
  • Leading Anadarko (2005):  The learning objective is to highlight the multifaceted strategic, organizational, and governance issues facing leaders of large, complex organizations.   
  • Unocal Corporation: China's Unwelcome Bid (2006):  The learning objective is to explore how scarcity guides the actions of resource firms and the problems that arise when governments are directly involved in commercial activity.
  • Kerr-McGee (2006):  Activist investors Carl Icahn and Barry Rosenstein acquire a stake in Oklahoma-based company Kerr-McGee and propose changes to the company. The case protagonist, Luke Corbett, CEO, opposes their involvement


Comments for Suggested Reading & Viewing:

Total Comments: 6
  • Preston on Jan 5, 2010 4:33 PM permalink

    Another good read is Done in Oil tells the story of J. Howard Marshall, a lawyer, civil servant and oil man who spent his career at the center of the American energy industry. Marshall provides a detailed history of the oil industry and offers a first hand account of his experiences in the business that transformed our country. <br><br>

  • Shawn Harper
    Shawn on Sep 21, 2009 9:32 AM permalink

    Anyone recommend any recurring podcasts?

  • Kristi Chenoweth
    Kristi on May 7, 2009 12:17 PM permalink

    Gusher of Lies by Robert Bryce

  • Jered Wilkerson
    Jered on Jan 22, 2009 2:03 PM permalink

    The First Billion is the Hardest by T. Boone Pickens; granted not the most well written book, infact T. Boone's confidence cracks me up through the whole thing; worth a read....

  • Dustin on Jul 21, 2008 8:15 PM permalink

    I highly suggest reading this report.

  • Stacey DeFino Lutz
    Stacey on Feb 27, 2008 9:02 PM permalink

    The Age of Oil by Leonardo Maugeri<br>The Petroleum Industry -- A Nontechnical Guide by Charles F. Conaway

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