BP Oil Spill

The point of this class is to learn about leadership but it’s equally important to learn about the lack of leadership. In 2010, the Unites States saw the biggest oil spill in history in the Gulf Coast. I’m sure all of you remember it because it was all over the news (and rightfully so). I feel it’s important to learn about issues like this because it was such cultural phenomenon and it helps you become a more informed individual. This week we will be reading the case study in the link below. It’s pretty lengthy but I don’t feel like it’s anything too difficult. There is some industry terminology but the article does a pretty good job of explaining everything. I really want you to focus on what went wrong and why.

Once you finish reading the article, I want you to complete a one page summary and answer the following questions.

  • What went wrong?
  • Why did it go wrong?
  • Did BP seem to have strong leadership?
  • Did BP seem to resolve the issue or make it worse?