Project management culture

an anthropological perspective

This article suggests that a historical understanding of how cultures successfully survive is critical to implementing a project management culture within an organization. An examination of the cultures and empires of Greece, Rome, Egypt, China, England, and the United States reveals eight factors for successful implementation: 1) the cultures must be learning cultures; 2) communication is critical; 3) successes are recorded and built upon; 4) processes are documented and embedded in structures; 5) risks must be undertaken confidently and knowledgeably; 6) boundaries must be established and maintained; 7) the cultures must be economically viable; and 8) the cultures must permeate the entire society rather than a select group.
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