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Project Leadership in multi
cultural context
“Let my house not be walled on four
sides, let all the...
Amity Business School

How can we define Culture?
• The word culture originated from the Latin
word colere which means to ...
Hofstede's Culture Triangle
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• Hofstede identified culture to be mental programming
of the mind: eve...
Multi-Cultural Amity Business School
Project Management
• Multi-Cultural Project Management is
nowadays a very important i...
Law's Framework for Multi-cultural Project
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Management

•

He suggests a framework for managing multi...
Multi-Cultural Project Management
Competency Model Amity Business School

This model summarizes the main competencies requ...
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Methodology used for the project
We asked the following questions to the project manager
and two te...
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Findings from the project
• Cultural and/or personality diversity is in the eye of the
beholder
• C...
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conclusion
• From our study, we conclude that cultural diversity had a
positive impact on team perf...
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  1. 1. Amity Business School Project Leadership in multi cultural context “Let my house not be walled on four sides, let all the windows be open; Let all the cultures blow in, but let no culture blow me off my feet.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  2. 2. Amity Business School How can we define Culture? • The word culture originated from the Latin word colere which means to inhabit or to cultivate. • It can be defined as: “Culture is the collective programming (thinking, feeling and acting) of the mind which distinguishes the members of one group or category of people from another.”
  3. 3. Hofstede's Culture Triangle Amity Business School • Hofstede identified culture to be mental programming of the mind: every person carries within him or herself patterns of thinking; feeling; and potential acting which were learned throughout their lifetime
  4. 4. Multi-Cultural Amity Business School Project Management • Multi-Cultural Project Management is nowadays a very important issue since the last couple of 20 years immigration and global travel have been leading to a diverse workforce within Europe, USA and also the Asian region. • International companies have to deal with cultural differences if they want to gain a competitive advantage for their organization
  5. 5. Law's Framework for Multi-cultural Project Amity Business School Management • He suggests a framework for managing multi-cultural projects, based on the degree of multi-culturalism and the project complexity.
  6. 6. Multi-Cultural Project Management Competency Model Amity Business School This model summarizes the main competencies required for the multicultural project manager.
  7. 7. Amity Business School Methodology used for the project We asked the following questions to the project manager and two team members working for a project at Deloitte: • Do you think that culture was relevant to interactions within the team during a project? • Did cultural diversity enhance the work experience for you, or did it make work more challenging/difficult? • Do you think that workplace employee traits are more closely aligned with cultural background, or personality? • What have you learnt about working in a culturallydiverse team?
  8. 8. Amity Business School Findings from the project • Cultural and/or personality diversity is in the eye of the beholder • Cultural diversity can positively contribute to people’s professional and personal enjoyment of the project, as well as a project’s outcome • Cultural diversity can indirectly encourage project members to rethink their usual working habits and expectations, behave with fewer assumptions about the “right” way to address an issue and promote linguistic clarity • The dominance of cultural diversity amongst team members reduces the bias to interact with people who have common characteristics and create a unique bond.
  9. 9. Amity Business School conclusion • From our study, we conclude that cultural diversity had a positive impact on team performance, both in terms of output and team interactions. • What makes a good project leader is knowing about cultural differences and finding a middle course between respecting different cultures and insisting on strictly following rules.
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