Complete Case details are given below :
Case Name : Quality Management in the Oil Industry: How BP Greases Its Machinery for Frictionless Sourcing
Authors : Martin Lockstrom, Shen Li, Shengrong Zhang
Source : Ivey Publishing
Case ID : W12835
Discipline : Operations Management
Case Length : 09 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
It was the cold winter of 2010 in Shanghai, and Dr. Zeb Feng was becoming increasingly frustrated. As procurement director for Asia at British Petroleum (BP), Dr. Feng was acutely aware of the growing burden that quality control imposed over his company’s global operations. Chinese suppliers were masters of cost-cutting, but quality often suffered as a result, which led in turn to increasing needs for inspection and development efforts. Almost five years ago, Dr. Feng’s company established an international procurement office (IPO) in Shanghai, which served as a shared service centre for internal customers throughout the BP organization worldwide. Since that time, the IPO had been mainly sourcing non-hydrocarbon goods and services, such as manufacturing equipment and materials, packaging, catalysts, chemicals and additives, marketing products and retail equipment, as well as drilling services and well-completion services. After a corporate board meeting with Christina De Luca, the vice-president of procurement and supply-chain management for BP’s downstream operations, it had been decided that the company would start to enhance its global competitive sourcing. As the number one supplier market in the world, China was naturally highly prioritized for further exploration. The pressing point that concerned Dr. Feng was whether Chinese suppliers were sufficiently ready to supply mission-critical supplies for oil drilling, extraction and refining. During a recent conference call, De Luca had reiterated, “Zeb, our competitors are way ahead of us in their sourcing operations, and they have achieved much lower costs. We’ve got to do something!” Dr. Feng put down the receiver and went back to his office to gather his team for a planning meeting. He knew that supply quality was the key issue, but how could it be resolved?
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