Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2013


Dundar F. Kocaoglu

Course Title

Project Management

Course Number

ETM 545


As organizations rely more on projects for business ventures it is increasingly important for project managers to be skilled and trained in the techniques to see a project through to success. There is a significant body of knowledge addressing these skills, however some skills become more relevant than others when a specific focus or a specific requirement is involved. Project Managers working in development of new technologies, for example are expected to have a strong understanding of the technology being researched. Moreover, as these enterprises continue to globalize, and their commerce extends past national borders, it becomes more common for projects to utilize cross national and multicultural teams. The use of multicultural teams provides significant advantages for business and unique challenges for project managers. In a multicultural environment, there are many differences between members such as countries, regions, ethnicities, languages, cultures, and religions. It is the aim of this paper to highlight some of these challenges, and the project management skills required to turn them into opportunities for teams to thrive.


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