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n Journal of Contemporary Management - How to deal with cultural differences as a project manager
The world is becoming increasingly smaller and there is an aggregated need to perform cross-culturally. All sorts of organisations are facing new problems relating to a shift in focus more towards an international and crosscultural perspective. To achieve a satisfying result when managing projects in a culturally foreign environment requires preparation and knowledge.
The aim of this paper is to point out certain things to be aware of when taking on a multi-cultural project, as well as giving some examples of strategies to use. By doing so, give answers to the question of how to effectively and efficiently manage projects that take place in a multi-cultural environment.
Managing a project in a cross-cultural environment make the project more complex, however, there are various benefits to be reaped from taking advantage of the inputs of different cultures. To do so the Project Manager must keep an open mind and be aware of the differences. Failure to pay attention to foreign cultural behaviour could end the even best of projects permanently.
There is a surprising lack of research in the field of cultural differences within the field of project management. This paper is an attempt of compiling an initial overtaking to the subject.
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