Posted by: D. M. | March 10, 2010

How to manage a global project in a different country?

A Project is a Project regardless of the location. Problems that will arise, and yes they will surface,  mostly they will consist of time and place, language problems, social mores, environmental problems, local holidays,  cultural differences etc. These areas will effect your project far more then your setting up of the project schedule.

Fortunately it is possible to manage projects from anywhere in the world due to technology. I would think the other major issues that present themselves when managing Global supply are varrying standards, logistical restrictions and suppliers.

Time and place:

Time zone & distance flights:
Long distance flights are so tiresome, and the jetlag just magnifies cultural differences. Technology (the internet, the e-marketing and the telecommunication:mobile phone, web casting/ conferencing, project virtual share points etc) is developed nowadays, it is possible to manage a global project anywhere in the world. However, the global project is a cross management model, sometimes it is necessary to be present in the same place, particularly when something gone very wrong.
Working with teams in different timezones can sometimes be challenging when you need to get the whole team together. Particularly if we’re talking about a time difference of 10 or more hours. For example, as I write this at 7:45 am local time, it’s 11:45 pm in Tokyo, 2:45 pm in London, 12:45 pm in Rio, and 10:45 pm in Beijing.

Solution?  Use On-demand project management software whic is an option that helps many of our customers collaborate and work together in different countries, timezones, and languages.

Language and communications:

Communication should be easy with the aid of modern telecommunication technology, however the traditional fact-to-fact discussion is almost impossible if the person you want to speak, have another language, you should have from basic to advance or completely know the language of host country.

Appreciate the country you deal with’s style: A more affirmative, not submissive, management style is more likely to produce positive results.

Cultural Differences:

Social mores, holidays can be included in customs. They actually affect your business more than you imagine.

Cross Cultural Training:
Become fully absorbed with the culture you’ll be in including receiving some corporate training  as to cultural awareness in the host country.

A global project can be operated in any time zones, communicated by any languages and cooperated with any people from any regions.

We can help you with your needs  EMAIL  OR PHONE  or contact  Hineni Cross Cultural Services 


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