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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (SWOT Analysis) - September 2011

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“SWOT is an acronym for the internal Strengths and Weaknesses of a firm and the environmental Opportunities and Threats facing that firm. SWOT analysis is a widely used technique through which managers create a quick overview of a company’s strategic situation. The technique is based on the assumption that an effective strategy derives from a sound “fit” between a firm’s internal resources (strengths and weaknesses) and its external situation (opportunities and threats). A good fit maximizes a firm’s strengths and opportunities and minimizes its weaknesses and threats. Accurately applied, this simple assumption has powerful implications for the design of a successful strategy.”

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation 

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko or the company) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The company is one of the largest independent deepwater producers in the Gulf of Mexico, and has production and exploration operations spread across Alaska, Algeria, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ghana, Guyana, Indonesia, New Zealand, Mozambique, Kenya, and West and South Africa. It is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas and employed about 5,200 employees as on December 31, 2012.

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)

Location of Factor






  • Significant hydrocarbon reserves
  • Globally diversified operations
  • Expertise in use of advanced technologies
  • Extensive customer base


  • Legal proceedings
  • Concentration of operations in the US



  • Expansion of midstream operations
  • Increased oil and gas production from shale plays in the US


  • Adoption of derivatives legislation by the US Congress
  • Governmental regulations
  • Drilling risk


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