The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has a flat and flexible expertise organisation. This is an alternative to more traditional hierarchal public administration.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is a fluid organisation. There are no sections or departments in the NPD, but about 80 teams with designated mandates and defined tasks.

Management functions rotate, and work communities are established and discontinued. There are about 230 employees joining and leaving teams; and they largely control how to distribute their time in the different teams themselves.

In recent years, the NPD has received additional tasks and more employees. In order to accommodate these changes, the management has been expanded and another management level has been added, effective from November 2014. There are now three management levels in the NPD. The director general and four directors constitute the NPD’s strategic management group and twelve assistant directors make up the NPD’s operative management.

The NPD’s organisation is split into four main areas:

  • Exploration
  • Development and operations
  • Analysis and framework
  • Data management and organisation

In January 2009, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate received the Norwegian Government Agency for Financial Management’s (SSØ’s) prize for best management efforts. The prize is awarded to an agency that has contributed to realise the vision of efficient resource management in public administration. The jury’s citation states that:

”The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has chosen a flat, team-based and flexible organisation – in contrast to the traditional hierarchy. Over a period of ten years of hard work, the model has shown good results in terms of technical disciplines, reputation, development of expertise and efficient management and administration.”

Interview with the NPD director in connection with the GAFM award (in Norwegian only) 

Contact person:
Heidi Ersland Pedersen, tel. +47 51 87 62 81