NTNU-Statoil-Berkeley Initiative

The University of California at Berkeley, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Statoil have signed a USD 580,000 collaboration agreement to establish a new mega-project research programme at Berkeley.


“We wish to see this initiative develop the best project- and functions managers across the whole industry. We have entered into this agreement because we believe collaboration between academics and industry is crucial to further develop our perspectives and skills in project development. We want to be a benchmark in the market,” says executive vice president in Statoil Projects & Procurement Gunnar Myrebøe.

The research initiative, called “Understanding Success and Developing Management Leadership on International Mega Projects”, is headed by UC Berkeley professor Iris Tommelein and NTNU professor Asbjørn Rolstadås.

The initiative brings together an international and multi-disciplinary group of academic researchers and industry colleagues with expertise in mega-project management to collaborate on case study based research on mega-projects.

Participants in the P2SL Mega-projects Initiative will develop a comprehensive understanding of how to lead, manage and succeed within international mega projects. The centre was launched to improve intellectual understanding and practices, including those involving international mega projects.

Cross collaboration
The goal of the initiative is twofold. The first is to increase successful management and leadership knowledge base on mega-projects, by working on a multi-disciplinary basis between research institutions, industry personnel and key contractors. The second is to develop educational material in order to strengthen Statoil's supplier companies' capabilities in managing mega-projects in geographically and geopolitically diverse settings.

“Large-scale projects may cost billions of dollars to perform and deliver. As Statoil’s projects become more geographically diverse and complex, they also become increasingly challenging to lead and manage”, Myrebøe says.

For more information, please contact:
Professor Asbjørn Rolstadås, Department of Production and Quality Engineering, NTNU, tel +47 73 59 37 85 / +47 907 93 707 or email: asbjorn.rolstadas@ntnu.no

Professor Per Morten Schiefloe, Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU, tel +47 73 59 63 23 / +47 901 15 516 or email: perms@svt.ntnu.no