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  • Baker Hughes Struggles To Define Itself [View article]
    I'm flattered, but, like LBJ, "If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve." :)
    Dec 29, 2012. 02:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Baker Hughes Struggles To Define Itself [View article]
    You bet. Glad you found it of interest.
    Dec 29, 2012. 02:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Baker Hughes Losing Its Touch? [View article]
    Hi GoshSteve,

    Looking at Baker Hughes's ratings in EnergyPoint's surveys over the years, the company has actually performed quite well. It's only in recent years that its ratings have begun to show some strain. While I do not mean to suggest that a centralized management approach is superior to a decentralized approach (or visa versa), I can tell you that oilfield customers have shared with EnergyPoint that they have found BHI more difficult to work with across units than some of it competitors. As my article mentioned, customers want oilfield suppliers to be "learning" organizations; that is, organizations that constantly learn and push for improvements. And they want this not only within -- but across -- divisions.

    While I do wonder weather BHI's ability to win more integrated business (e.g., the PEMEX packages) might be improved if its were a little more centralized in its approach to its business, I should tell you that I am somewhat skeptical as to whether the full blown integrated project management (IPM) approach some in the industry are pursuing is in fact going to be the wave of the future. EnergyPoint just started collecting ratings for IPM as a category, and they do not suggest (at this point, anyway) that customers are particularly pleased with what they are receiving. My guess is that if BHI simply continues to focus on doing a better job of “bundling” its individual products and services, it should be able to effectively compete (in part on quality) with Schlumberger’s and Weatherford's "IPM" offerings.
    Mar 4, 2009. 09:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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