Cultural Factors in Project Management

Program and Project Management

C.L. Kappagomtula
Professor, Malaysia

Cultural Factors in Project Management

While there are volumes of books available on project management, very few discuss how demography, ethnicity and socio-cultural factors influence on projects outcome.
An empirical study recently conducted into this phenomenon in China, and comparing it with India, has shown that the profound influence of personal connection (guanxi), face (mianzhi), and ethnographic bonding (minzhu de jing mi jie he) all play an important role in determining the success outcome for their projects in China vis-a-vis with India.
Can these practices be be emulated in other countries to harness an increased efficiency in projects outcome?

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

The Role of Demography, Ethnicity, and Socio-cultural Factors in Project Management

Dear Professor, thanks for sharing this truly interesting subject. Could you please add a short summary of each of these 3 Chinese practices and their relation with PM? Ideal would be if you could add one of them per reaction.
This will be the start of a collection of such demographic, ethnic, and socio-cultural project management practices here in this discussion...

  C.L. Kappagomtula
Professor, Malaysia

Guanxi or Personal Connection

Guanxi, in simplified Chinese means personal connection. - In western management concepts, this is not an issue dealt with significance. - But for the Chinese, who are still under the influence of C...

Project Manager, Zimbabwe

Linked to Cultural Intelligence

This issue is linked to Cultural Intelligence. What Professor said is very true also in the African context and also for very religious nations like the Muslims. If projects have an impact on their...

  Jacques Broquet, Australia

The Role of Demography, Ethnicity and Socio-cultural Factors in Project Management

The sex of the project manager (PM) is a key determinant in some countries where men will not take any instructions from a female PM. In addition, socio-cultural differences are playing a key role wh...

  Rakesh Gudur
Strategy Consultant, India

Culture Context in PM

It is very important to understand the cultural context in which a manager operates. If not projects can fail. M&As can fail (80% of the M&A fail because of culture issues. Dr. Geert Hofstede offers ...

  C.L. Kappagomtula
Professor, Malaysia

Culture Has Profound Impact on the Outcome of Projects

The book titled, "Multi currency savings - Culture and Society's impact on Projects Management: Chinese Perspective", ISBN 978-3-659-19458-0 by Dr. Kappagomtula, throws a great deal of light on the su...

  Dr. Eyal Policar
Entrepreneur, Israel

PM is Very Much a Level and Cultural Thing

After 30 years of running my own business, at other times being part of a team, these days being the Chairman of board I can truly say that project management is level specific and cultural specific. ...


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