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Impact of Culture on Project Management. August 22 , 2011 Tim Porter [email protected] Background. My perspective on multi-national projects Managed multi-national software outsourcing projects

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background
Background
  • My perspective on multi-national projects
    • Managed multi-national software outsourcing projects
    • Taught project management at the university level in China (Zhejiang University) and the USA (GMU, GWU)
    • Implemented new or improved project management business practices at a Chinese company (Hundsun Technologies)
    • PM for various internal projects for a major Chinese corporation
    • Currently provide consulting services related to USA-China projects
culture
Culture
  • What is culture?
    • The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group
  • How do we manage the differences?
value differences
Value Differences
  • Individualism
  • Achievement
  • Equality
  • Pride
  • Respect for Competence
  • Directness
  • Informal
  • Collectivism
  • Modesty
  • Hierarchy
  • Saving Face
  • Respect for Elders
  • Indirectness
  • Formal
understanding and capitalizing on chinese culture traits
Understanding and Capitalizing on Chinese Culture Traits
  • Confucianism and the Collective play important roles
  • Relationships and “guanxi”
  • 爱面子 –Face
  • Concept of time
  • Respect for traditional values
  • Contracts and the Law
  • Soft “yes”
culture of information protection and the master
Culture of Information Protection and the Master
  • “shifu” – father, teacher, master for life
  • The need for self-sufficiency
  • Transfer of knowledge
  • Acquiring someone else’s secret and IP
knowledge area project communications
Knowledge Area: Project Communications
  • Communication – Communication – Communication
  • Language
    • Many study English in China but ….
  • Producing quality English documentation
  • Translators and Interpreters
  • Having multi-lingual staff on your side is essential
what issues do chinese pms worry about with western clients
What Issues Do Chinese PMs Worry About With Western Clients?
  • Project Direction
    • More not less, detailed
    • “in the west, everything can be discussed”
      • Some things should just be decided
  • Requirements
    • Lack of specificity
  • Communication
    • Language and startup time
    • Does “not talking” mean not working?
    • Flat organizational structure in USA vs hierarchical in China
    • Many Chinese won’t readily initiate a conversation with a foreign boss
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