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Work Study

ISSN: 0043-8022
Currently published as: International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

Online from: 1952

Subject Area: Performance Management and Measurement

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Cultural influences on organizational processes in international projects: two case studies


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Title:Cultural influences on organizational processes in international projects: two case studies
Author(s):Sui Pheng Low, (Sui Pheng Low is Associate Professor at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore.), Yuquan Shi, (Yuquan Shi is Research Scholar, at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore.)
Citation:Sui Pheng Low, Yuquan Shi, (2001) "Cultural influences on organizational processes in international projects: two case studies", Work Study, Vol. 50 Iss: 7, pp.276 - 285
Keywords:China, International trade, National cultures, Project management, Singapore
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/00438020110409215 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Observes that Singaporean construction firms have made increasing investments in China in recent years. It is important that these firms, as well as their Chinese counterparts, appreciate and understand each other’s cultural differences/similarities. Although Singaporean culture appears to be based predominately on Chinese culture, there remain differences between the two, which, if not properly understood, can lead to misunderstandings and ineffective working. Using the four dimensions of a national culture established by Hofstede, this study is concerned with examining what constitutes Singaporean and Chinese culture. Through two case studies in China, with Singaporean and Chinese employees, the study identifies cross-cultural influences brought about by the two cultures which can affect project effectiveness.



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