Working in project team and cross cultural awareness

Publicerad: 28 februari 2012

A course introducing the concepts of project management and the awareness of different cultural behaviors.

 

Many courses in project management maintain a level of abstraction that makes it difficult for participants to put theory into practice. In the present course, participants gain practical experience by applying the management methods to a project of their own making. The aim is for, participants to come away with knowledge that is immediately useful, and also to find out about their own latent management styles.

The lectures are designed to prepare participants not only for the management of projects, but also for the day-to-day interaction with customers, suppliers and project team colleagues.

 

Unfamiliar behaviour among foreign colleagues is often perceived as a threat, causing us to react in a negative, knee-jerk fashion. As a result, cooperation and teamwork may suffer. If, on the other hand, we can convince ourselves that there is a logic behind “foreign” behaviour, we can overcome the initial aversion and instead turn the cultural differences too ur advantage. We should also realize that we may seem as exotic in the eyes of our foreign colleagues as they appear in ours. The definition of being “normal” depends on our cultural norms and values. Given the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of the hi-tech workplace, the lectures are designed to prepare participants for the day-to-day interaction with customers, suppliers and colleagues from other cultures.