Culture and Project Management


pmwj42-Jan2016-Estrella-BOOKBook Title:    Culture and Project Management: Managing Diversity in Multicultural Projects
Author:         Omar Zein
Publisher:     Gower Publishing Limited
List Price:     $119.95
Format:        Hardcover, 282 pages
Publication Date:     2015-04-28
ISBN: 9781472413826
Reviewer:     Luis Gallardo Estrella
Review Date:    December 2015



Project management today is global. Technology has made it very easy for people to communicate. It doesn’t matter if you are in the same building, the same country, same continent, or on the other side of the world. It is very rare nowadays to manage a project where resources are all from the same culture or background. Projects today, are cross-cultural.

Project managers have to learn to manage in a multicultural environment. Companies can’t ignore or avoid culture. It costs too much these days.

This book will define what culture is, its elements and how culture interferes with project management practices. A must read for any project manager professional.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book consists of four parts and three appendixes:

  • Part I – Understanding Culture
  • Part II – Cultural Orientations and Project Management
  • Part III – Culture and the Project Environment
  • Part IV – Culture and the Project Team
  • Appendix 1: The Relationship between Individualism and Collectivism
  • Appendix 2: Sex, Age, Sexism, and Masculinity
  • Appendix 3: On Time Orientation

Highlights: What I liked!

In part one of the book, Omar defines culture. He explains what characteristics a certain culture have; its values, beliefs, artefacts and practices. He uses tables and figures perfectly to get his points across.


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About the Author

Luis Gallardo Estrella

Mexico & Texas



Luis Gallardo Estrella, PMP®, CSM® has 13 years of experience in IT including the last 7 years as a project manager in the banking and retail industries. His current experience is as a technical project manager for Bank of America under the Global Wealth and Investment Management (GWIM) Line of Business (LOB). Luis considers himself to be an effective leader who is very goal-oriented, a planning specialist, comfortable leading with all levels of technical resources and always trying to innovate business processes, having a proven success record in delivering IT projects. He has also helped his current team with process improvements to focus on project delivery that include improving forms to streamline work and helping build and manage the team’s SharePoint site. He recently obtained his PMP® and ScrumMaster® (CSM) from Scrum Alliance. Email address: [email protected]                 


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