Cultural differences in project owner-manager communication

In this study, project owners and managers must handle cultural differences as part of their project related communication. The study is theoretically based on Hofstede's (2004) five dimensions of culture and the associated country scores together with Müller's (2003a) categorization of project owner-manager communication, focusing on frequency and content. Empirical data was collected through a worldwide survey with 200 responses from project owners and managers on their preferences for communication in projects. Regression analyses were used to identify the impact of individual cultural dimensions on communication preferences in cultures. Preferences for verbal updates over the phone and fixed timely intervals for communication were positively correlated with the level of power distance in a culture. Preferences for verbal communication were positively related with individuality, and preferences for communication at bi-weekly or monthly intervals were correlated with the level of uncertainty avoidance and s
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