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Title: Industry leaders gather in Germany
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Catalog No.: 2388s
Date of Publication: 2016-09-01
Price: $25.00 US
Authors: Editorial
Abstract: ROSEN AGAIN HELD ITS BIENNIAL Energy and Innovation Forum (REIF) in May at the company’s technology and research centre in Lingen, Germany. Prof. Phil Hopkins, Dr Roger King, Dr Brian Leis, and Dr Alan Murray and were among the eight invited speakers at the Forum, and these four presenters took time out to give interviews conducted by Michelle Unger of the Rosen Group.

The Journal of Pipeline Engineering is pleased to have the opportunity of publishing these interviews which focused on the presenters’ visions of the future. The interviews form part of Rosen’s approach to knowledge capture, outlines by Ms Unger: “The oil and gas industry is entering a new era – the ‘knowledge era’. We have an abundance of technologies, but gaps are appearing in our knowledge. Data and information are easily stored, but knowledge is embedded in the brain. We need to capture knowledge from each generation, to pass it on to the subsequent generation, and this means we need a knowledge management strategy.

“I don’t mean capture everything: the strategy should aim at critical – for the business – knowledge. For example, our ‘baby boomers’ are now retiring, so we need quickly to ensure generations X and Y have access to their knowledge. Lose ten baby boomers, and you lose over 400 years of experience. Interviews are a quick and easy way to capture some this knowledge, and record it. Blend these interviews with mentoring, face-to-face meetings, succession-planning, and records of their work to capture their explicit knowledge, and you have a good chance of success.

“If we do not record this knowledge we may well spend a lot of time ‘reinventing the wheel’. Another big problem with the baby boomers’ knowledge is their contacts: they have built-up great contacts and links to other experts. They needed to form these very close relationships as they developed, due to the absence of today’s social media and internet in their early careers. These relationships tend to be very private and trusting, and have been key to their knowledge development. Often a baby boomer can’t give you an answer, but their grapevine can deliver the answer just as quick. We have to capture this grapevine also. Not easy!”

The interviews conducted by Michelle Unger (identified as MU, below) follow in alphabetic order of the speakers.

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