Project Planning and Control: Does National Culture Influence Project Success?

José S. Rodrigues, Alexandra R. Costa, Carlos Guillén Gestoso
2014 Procedia Technology - Elsevier  
Culture is understood as the sharing of history, beliefs, ideologies, traditions and language systems. Some authors report that there is a strong relation between national culture and the way projects are managed, and specifically, in the way professionals value and perform project planning and control activities. Furthermore, the relevance of these activities for project success is reported in the literature. Supported in these assumptions, we developed this research to better understand the
more » ... er understand the relation between project success and the importance given to project planning and control. A study with 634 professionals involved in project management or development was conducted to assess project success and to assess the importance given to project planning and control. Results show a positive (although weak) relation between these factors, reinforcing the need to foster a culture focused on attitudes and practices that contribute to project success, such as planning and control, particularly in countries where these attitudes and practices are poorly valued. Other studies must be conducted to extend these conclusions.
doi:10.1016/j.protcy.2014.10.059 fatcat:zkxbara6v5edplx2fgvoih6jpm