With globalization, companies are facing multiple challenges around the world. Those challenges are characterized as cross-cultural team management, international negotiation, Multicultural Project Management and so on. To be successful in leading a cross-cultural team, one is required to understand each team member’s cultural values. The culture of a society consists of the shared values, understandings, assumptions, and goals that are learned from past generations, and passed on to new generations . This collective view results, in common attitudes, codes of conduct, and expectations that subconsciously guide and control certain norms of behavior. The culture of a society is the basis for living which has a shared communication, standards, codes of conduct, and expectations. For instance, a U.S. manager assigned to a foreign subsidiary must expect to find large and small differences in the behavior of individuals and groups within that organization . The differences result from the sociocultural variables of the culture, such as religion and language, in addition to established national variables, such as economic, legal, and political factors. The context for the development and perpetuation of cultural variables is thus provided by the National and socio-cultural variables. These cultural variables, in turn, determine basic attitudes toward work, time, materialism, individualism, and change. Such attitude affect an individual’s motivation and expectations regarding work and group relations, and they ultimately affect the outcomes that can be expected from that individual, To better understand the issues in multicultural project management, the paper first describes the different cultural dimensions. Later, the issues in MPM will be discussed by developing propositions. All these data have been collected from major journals, major books, and case studies.
Chung-Sine, Christophe, "Issues in Multicultural Project Management" (2003). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 1567.