Culture and Project Management: Managing Diversity in Multicultural Projects



New book by Omar Zein announced by Gower

5 April 2015 – London, UK – Gower Publishing has announced the publication of a new book titled “Culture and Project Management: Managing Diversity in Multicultural Projects” by Omar Zein. According to Gower, Culture and Project Management elaborates the effect of national cultures on multicultural projects and project management, providing project professionals with an approach to manage the cultural diversity, minimise conflicts and maximize on opportunities arising from such diversity.

150405-pmwj33-culture-BOOKOmar Zein’s Culture and Project Management explains the main elements of cross-cultural theory within projects and their management. These include power/distance, individualism/collectivism, masculinity/femininity, uncertainty/avoidance, specific/diffuse, sequential/synchronic. He then identifies the key aspects of the project management lifecycle where cultural sensitivity is essential (for example, planning, accountability, risk and communication) and offers a structured plan for developing ‘cultural tuning’.

The book draws on the author’s research and his professional practice experience of working on transnational projects. His review of the different theories alongside examples and stories of their practical application, offers project managers a new and extraordinarily rich perspective into the likely dynamics of their projects. Making appropriate adaptations to standard processes, choosing what, how and through whom you communicate with stakeholders may be signal elements in the success or failure of your projects; Culture and Project Management will show where to start.

Omar Zein is a project management consultant with an engineering background. He was born in Saudi Arabia to Syrian parents, moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 13, and is currently living and working between London, UK and Turin, Italy. During his higher education in 1993, Omar undertook a research on the cultural impact British organizations face when they operate in Saudi Arabia. His findings are part of the cultural dimensions still used today by multinational organizations moving to the country.

Omar’s experience combines project management in manufacturing, IT, finance and European Commission development programmes in the Middle East and Europe. He has directly delivered various large and complex initiatives involving multiple national and organisational cultures. He is Director of Projectize Ltd (UK) and President of the European School of Project Management (Italy).

More information & free chapters for Culture and Project Management can be found at: http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781472413826

ePUB and ePDF information available at the above link.

Culture and Project Management will feature on GpmFirst, Gower’s new PM library, resource and community of practice. GpmFirst – http://www.gpmfirst.com/

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide. Gower’s project management home page can be found at www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

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