The Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities of Global Project Management: Evidence from Chinese and Dutch Cross-Cultural Project Management

Harvard Business School Working Paper (15-063)

28 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2016

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Ying Zhang

Erasmus University Rotterdam; Harvard Law School; Harvard Business School; Johnson Graduate School of Management

Christopher Marquis

Cornell University; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Sergey Filippov

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Henk-Jan Haasnoot

KPMG the Netherlands

Martijn van der Steen

KPMG the Netherlands

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Date Written: Feb 9, 2015

Abstract

In a study of how project management is handled cross-culturally, the authors conducted observations and interviews with Chinese and Dutch managers in a variety of industries from food to engineering. Focusing on three key elements—process, people, and technology—the authors found that people of two seemingly opposite cultures are able to work together in a project-based environment to complement each other and reap mutual benefits for a win-win result. These findings will significantly help managers who work on cross-cultural projects in a global economy.

Keywords: project management, culture, project performance, innovation, China

JEL Classification: M10, M14, O31

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Ying and Marquis, Christopher and Filippov, Sergey and Haasnoot, Henk-Jan and van der Steen, Martijn, The Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities of Global Project Management: Evidence from Chinese and Dutch Cross-Cultural Project Management (Feb 9, 2015). Harvard Business School Working Paper (15-063). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2807439 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2807439

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Sergey Filippov

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Henk-Jan Haasnoot

KPMG the Netherlands ( email )

Martijn Van der Steen

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