The article is an essay that will base its discussion on Statoil case study. The article particularly will give a summary of the case study which in broader perspective takes into account Statoil’s IT step incorporating distributing technology.
Statoil, in this case, refers to the Norwegian state’s oil company which has approximately 15,000 employees. The company is entitled with activities involving aspects of upstream and downstream oil exploration, it also produces and distributes oil mainly in the North Sea. Back in the year 1996, we find that the company projected to a total of $15 billion as their total revenue from its production and distribution activities. From the case, we find the management under the leadership of Einar Eng thought of a recommendation to steer the committee for information technology (IT) which stands to be a major initiative of boosting the employees’ knowledge of IT and their ability to use the technology especially for business and personal advantage.
From the company’s objectives and aims, it had realized that in the future it will heavily rely on increased productivity through the use of innovation and technology rather than the aspect of cost leadership. Statoil further was prompted by a union that suggested about their subsidizing home PC’s, which triggered the urge of developing the information technology sector and business skills of the employees. From all these suggestions the management team, therefore, decide on some steps which involved the provision of state of the art multimedia home PC with a free internet connection through ISDN and a printer which was signed and agreed by the CEO herald Norvik.
From the provision of state of the art multimedia home PC with the free internet, we found that there were some questions which articulated such as what kind of employees should benefit from the information technology step and what should Statoil ask in return of the workers to the IT step. To solve these questions, for the case of a return, this always depends on how much the recipient would see the value of the step in his or her daily duties using the IT step. Therefore, it is of much recommendation for companies that mostly deals with the aspect of technology in their day-to-day operations to take into account the aspect of IT as an issue that would determine their development in the future.
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