Do you think that variations in organizational (and societal) culture could pose a significant problem when coordinating or scheduling large projects, where the team members come from different collaborating firms and/or geographical areas?
If so, are there any suggestions for viable guidelines that may be followed in those cases?
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Effect of variations in organizational (and societal) culture:
In the age of globalization and internationalization of many business organizations, companies must learn to operate across international boundaries. This however, raises the issue of how to productively operate across geographical boundaries, the importance of cultural diversity, and "the importance of comparative knowledge and raising the question of cultural influences". (Nikandrou, Apospori, & Papalexandris, 2003).
What is organizational (and societal) culture? - "it is a set of key values, assumptions, understandings, and norms that is shared by members of an organization and taught to new members as correct" (Daft, 2005, p. 557). At the basic level, culture is a pattern of shared assumptions about how things are done in an organization. As members within an organization cope with internal and external problems, they develop shared norms and assumptions of behavior that are taught to new members as the correct way to do things and complete tasks and projects within that organization.
Problems when coordinating or scheduling large projects, where the team members come from different collaborating firms and/or geographical areas:
It is natural to assume that the organizational culture in one firm or geographic location is different from the other firm or geographic locations. Some of these problems include:
?Cultural variations in how team member operate - individualism vs. collectivism. "In individualistic societies, the orientation is such that each person is expected to look after his or her own ...
The solution looks in to the effects of varitions in organizational culture and society especially when completing large projects or collaborating with different firms and geographical distance. It discusses what these terms mean and specifically addresses why this could pose potential problems. It then goes on to list measures and guidelines that companies can take to mitigate these issues.