As I promised yesterday, this McKinsey article on governing joint ventures has to reside in any one's top ten list of favorites. The work that we are doing in People, Ideas & Objects (PI&O) is moving the compliance and governance frameworks of the hierarchy into alignment with the Joint Operating Committee’s legal, financial, operational decision making, cultural, communication, innovation and strategic frameworks. To do so provides us with greater speed and accountability from an organizational point of view. This has been difficult to tangibly quantify and qualify. That is until this McKinsey article.
Comparing the governance of both the standard corporate model and a generic joint venture. McKinsey provides a strong contrast of the opportunities and issues that we face in aligning the innovative oil and gas producers nine frameworks under the PI&O software. Noting in the paper that we not only attain greater speed and accountability but;
Despite the differences between wholly owned businesses and joint ventures, many of the basic tenets of good corporate governance can—and should—be applied to both. The principles discussed here might be seen as the minimum needed to promote accountability, speed, transparency, and, ultimately, performance.
The article recommends specific actions be taken to enhance the governance of joint ventures. These include;
- Appoint at least one outside director.
- Designate lead directors or a strong chairperson.
- Review and reward the performance of board members.
- Sponsor an external audit.
- Create a real challenge process. (Rigorous reporting and review process.)
- Let the ventures CEO run the business.
These are all excellent points of discussion on how the governance of the Joint Operating Committee could be handled in the Preliminary Specification. The community will need to take recommendations like these and determine what specific actions and processes need to be included in the specification. I could see the governance model being somewhat of a checklist of functionality and process management that the partners could agree upon. The PI&O software then providing that level of governance for the JOC. These are the decisions that the community has to make and why the producers are such a critical part of the discussion.
For the industry to successfully provide for the consumers energy demands, it’s necessary to build the systems that identify and support the Joint Operating Committee. Building the Preliminary Specification is the focus of People, Ideas & Objects. Producers are encouraged to contact me in order to support our Revenue Model and begin their participation in these communities. Those individuals that are interested in joining People, Ideas & Objects can join me here and begin building the software necessary for the successful and innovative oil and gas industry.
Please note what Google+ provides us is the opportunity to prove that People, Ideas & Objects are committed to developing this community. That this is user developed software, not change that is driven from the top down. Join me on the People, Ideas & Objects Google+ Circle and begin building the community for the development of the Preliminary Specification. Email me here if you need an invite.