The growing oil and natural gas industry has spawned a unique challenge, and the state’s universities have created programs to address the need. Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business about two years ago began its Master of Business Administration in Energy program. In January, the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business began its first Master of Business Administration in Energy program. OU’s program focuses on top-level executives or those on track to reach such positions. And the University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business is in its third year of offering a Master of Energy Business.
Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.