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2014 Seminar on Leadership and Cultural Change

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Invited Paper Session #3
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Behavioral Engineering: Step Change in the Integration of Management Across Critical Functions in a Global Energy Services Company

Friday, May 23, 2014
1:00 PM–1:50 PM
W190a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: OBM; Domain: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Mark P. Alavosius, Ph.D.
Chair: Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
JUAN CARLOS LOPEZ (Schlumberger Limited), Mark P. Alavosius (University of Nevada, Reno, and Praxis 2), Amir Nessim (Schlumberger Limited), Chris Fox (Schlumberger Limited), Timothy D. Ludwig (Appalachian State University)
Juan Carlos Lopez is a civil engineer and earned his degree from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Mr. Lopez has 25 years of engineering, management, and leadership experience in the oil and gas industry. He joined Schlumberger Limited, the leading oilfield services company in 1999 as QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment) manager and led the implementation of the corporate management system in various countries in Latin America and the Middle East. He led development of an innovative behavior-based program resulting in a significant reduction of injuries and losses in the biggest and most complex operational oilfield services areas. Mr. Lopez serves as the behavioral engineering subject matter expert at Schlumberger and received the “Performed by Schlumberger CEO Award” in 2012 for creating and implementing a Global Journey Management Center. This has led the organization to a step change in driving safety. This award represents the highest recognition in the company. Mr. Lopez also received the Gold Award in 2002 for being part of the Injury Prevention Program team. He is now vice president of quality, health, safety, and environment with global responsibility for the Integrated Project Management Segment. Mr. Lopez is leading the development of methodology to apply behavioral engineering to reduce human error across the Schlumberger operations. Schlumberger (SLB) leads its industry as the world's largest oilfield services company in terms of revenue and market capitalization. SLB employs about 120,000 people worldwide representing more than 140 nationalities and working in more than 85 countries. Schlumberger provides the industry’s widest range of products and services from exploration through production.  

This session will trace the history of Schlumberger Limited (SLB) from its inception to its current status as the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. SLB employs about 120,000 people representing more than 140 nationalities and working in more than 85 countries. The organization is committed to technology innovation, research, and engineering to provide the level of value to customers. The SLB chief executive officer has established a blueprint for corporate directions that includes emphasis on behavior change related to teamwork, innovation, and engagement. This talk provides an update on recent work across geo-markets and business segments and illustrates the integration of engineering and behavior science.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, graduate students, and anyone interested in learning about integrating engineering and behavior analysis.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, participants should be able to: (1) Describe the key themes articulated by the leaders of this corporation that drive innovation; (2) Compare engineering and behavioral approaches to managing work practices across a global enterprise and outline how engineering and behavioral science converge to enable progress; and (3) Outline the functions behavioral engineers might develop in promoting lasting behavior change across a global enterprise.
Keyword(s): Leadership Seminar



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