"this is probably one of the most accessible and practical books available, which defines and articulates cultural aspects from a pragmatic and embracing perspective."

Omar Zein provides a well-constructed approach to culture and uncovers some of the key dimensions that we all need to understand in the complex world of working with other people. While focused on the project context, his accessible writing style makes the content useful for everyone, including those studying across any decipline.
It is a refreshing read that combines established theory with anecdotal references to the impact of childhood, education, location, organisation, home and religious influences on the shape of cultural preferences.
Zein also takes an interesting approach by providing an 'afterword', which restates his position and perspective.
Often books on culture are too academic, whereas this publication enables each reader to gain knowledge and ideas on recognising, responding, and applying that awareness. This is probably one of the most accessible and practical books available, which defines and articulates cultural aspects from a pragmatic and embracing perspective.
 
Project Magazine, Association of Project Managers (APM) 

"offers clear strategies for short-term managers on what to consider as they assess the international makeup of their team and how then to work with this diversity to achieve the successful and timely completion of their projects"

‘In Culture and Project Management Omar Zein offers a masterful review of well-known and accepted theories related to how different types of cultures may look at the same event or experience and why this matters when doing business together. What sets this book apart, however, is that Zein also explains why typical approaches to developing rapport for a multicultural team over the long term are quite different from managing short-term projects where time is of the essence. Best of all, he offers clear strategies for short-term managers on what to consider as they assess the international makeup of their team and how then to work with this diversity to achieve the successful and timely completion of their projects.’
 
Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds; co-founder, Families in Global Transition

" 'Culture and Project Management' is easy reading, expressive, and presents tools that can be employed in most simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic projects."

Omar has woven a thread of cultural awareness through the project management environment. His book presents an excellent introduction to some empirical studies, several cultural elements, correlations, project risk, communication, leadership, three organisational structures and their influence on culture/project management, and his ‘Six Steps of Project Management Cultural Tuning’.
Overall, ‘Culture and Project Management: Managing Diversity in Multicultural Projects’ is easy reading, expressive, and presents tools that can be employed in most simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic projects.
 
      
International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM), Australia
 

"A must read for every international project manager"

‘A very understandable and approachable description with great examples of the concrete impact culture has in one of the work-life areas, the area of project management. A must read for every international project manager, with examples relating to both short-term projects and long-term programs.’ 

Egbert Schram, Managing Director, Itim International and the Hofstede Centre

"Omar has distilled the best of theory and approach on the subject"

‘A very useful insight and guide to handling a challenging aspect of group activity. Omar has distilled the best of theory and approach on the subject. More importantly by using examples and anecdotes, non-specialists like me can better grasp the issues and solutions in my own professional context.

Chou Chong, Investment Director, Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited

"A fascinating look at how multicultural projects – increasingly the norm due to globalisation – can flounder through a lack of local knowledge or self-awareness by the project manager."

Supply Management Magazine, CIPS    

"[this book] is meant for the project manager or project team that hope to develop a greater awareness of cultural diversity, [and] to navigate culture with sensitivity and flexibility. The tools given are useful in all walks of project management, whether business or organizational."

   
Culture and Project Management: Managing Diversity in Multicultural Projects is an essential guide for professionals in the project management field. The book clearly defines the implications of culture for the reader, and explores how project management practices must adapt and interact with culture. Aware that cultural diversity colors every project we take on today, Culture and Project Management gives project managers the tools they need to avoid cultural miscommunication, expertly navigate project implementation, and have a broader understanding of the business and organizational implications of culture. This book not only provides culture theory, but practical examples for implementation of theory.

Culture and Project Management is meant for the project manager or project team that hope to develop a greater awareness of cultural diversity. It is for professionals looking for tools to navigate culture with sensitivity and flexibility. The tools given are useful in all walks of project management, whether business or organizational.
 
Moiz Noorani, Project-Management.com 



Why Culture?

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Simply because we define what is acceptable and what is not, what is desirable and what is not, what is appropriate and what is not on the basis of culture; and this has implications that go far beyond social pleasantries and etiquette, impacting every aspect of our life including work. read more...
Seminars  - becoming aware of cultural opportunities and threats 
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"this is probably one of the most accessible and practical books available, which defines and articulates cultural aspects from a pragmatic and embracing perspective."   read more...
 
Project Magazine, Association of Project Managers (APM)