We have been discussing modularity between the Research & Capabilities and Knowledge & Learning modules of the Preliminary Specification. How the knowledge, skills, experience and ideas flow from the producer firms through to the Joint Operating Committees. From the development of innovative initiatives to operational control. Today we want to discuss what is needed from a modularity point of view in order to attain these benefits. Today’s quotes come from Professor Richard Langlois paper “Organizing the Electronic Century”.
In organizational and social systems - and perhaps even in mechanical ones as well - it is possible to think of interdependency and interaction among the parts as a matter of information transmission or communication. p. 5
But this flow is also interactive. To start the process, the capabilities that are listed in the “Dynamic Capabilities Interface” are populated by relevant criteria through to the Knowledge & Learning module. However, there are lessons learned by the Joint Operating Committee in the course of the operation. And these lessons are captured in the “Lessons Learned” interface of the Knowledge & Learning module which is also populated to the Compliance & Governance module. Having direct knowledge of the operation updated to the capabilities of the producer firm in the “Dynamic Capabilities Interface” is necessary for further deployment of those capabilities. The two versions of the “Lessons Learned” interface are provided for the two different organizational constructs. One for the producer (Compliance & Governance) and one for the Joint Operating Committee (Knowledge & Learning).
Users of this information are seeking different purposes for this information. Although the environments in which the two modules are operating (Research & Capabilities and Knowledge & Learning) use the data and information in different ways. Research and innovation vs operational control. High levels of interdependency and interaction on the quality and quantity of the data and information contained within these modules exists.
Recently, Baldwin and Clark (1997, p. 86) have drawn on similar ideas from computer science to formulate some general principles of modular systems design. The decomposition of a system into modules, they argue, should involve the partitioning of information into visible design rules and hidden design parameters. The visible design rules (or visible information consists of three parts.
- An architecture specifies what modules will be part of the system and what their function will be.
- Interfaces describe in detail how the modules will interact, including how they fit together and communicate.
- And standards test a modules conformity to design rules and measure the modules performance relative to other modules.
These visible pieces of information need to be widely shared and communicated. But contrast, the hidden design parameters are encapsulated within the modules, and they need not (indeed, should not) be communicated beyond the boundaries of the module. p. 7
As people work on both ends of the data in these modules. Engineers and geologists within the producer firms developing the capabilities in the “Dynamic Capabilities Interface”. And engineers, geologists and service industry representatives in the Joint Operating Committees on the “Lessons Learned” interface. Data and information will be updated and changed from all the participants involved in both the innovation and operational control. Providing the appropriate input and real life involvement and development of ideas and oil and gas reserves. After all, oil lives in the minds of oil men and women.
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