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Project Planning for Dispersed Teams

What aspects of your project communications planning would you adapt for large-scale transnational IT projects in which the project teams and other stakeholders are geographically dispersed (say in India, Canada, China and Brazil) and having differing languages/cultures?

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Hello and Welcome to Brainmass! I have provided you with some guidelines to help you complete your assignment with ease. I first addressed the issue of societal culture and listed some of the problems associated with transnational culture as well as cultural barriers. I concluded the paper with guidelines to minimize these issues. The references have been formatted using APA styling which you are welcome to use should you find necessary. Good Luck!!

Project communications planning for geographically dispersed teams and stakeholders

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 ...

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The solution deals with the aspects of adapting project communications planning for large-scale transnational IT projects in which the project teams and other stakeholders are geographically dispersed. It addresses some problems associated with this type of team and the stakeholders involved and guidelines to minimize these problems are issued.