International Project Management

If you've been involved in a huge project, you know that even when everyone is from the same nation and shares similar expectations about getting work done, frictions undermine progress.

When the worksite is far away and the many of those involved have dissimilar values and work-related expectations, the typical frictions of project work are greatly exacerbated.

Working Effectively on International Projects lowers the risk that differing expectations and values pose to planning, labor relations, deadlines, quality-control, and investor satisfaction.

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GROVEWELL's Two-Day Training Workshop for Project Managers

The strength of this workshop lies in its practical nature and its application of company-specific or industry-specific case studies that enable attendees to operationalize those concepts.

IMPORTANT:  This workshop is intended to supplement other types of PM training, such as Kepner Tregoe, in which little attention usually is paid to cross-cultural and cross-border challenges.

Intended participants in this workshop are those who will provide leadership and management on the worksite abroad, such as International Project Managers and their deputies.

Course Overview and Outline

The objectives of this workshop are that, by course end, participants will:

  • learn to anticipate which value-related cultural factors may affect the overall PM process
  • recognize values in their own culture that can impact an established PM process (such as Kepner Tregoe)
  • increase their skill in utilizing the PM process in unfamiliar national/cultural settings
  • learn to integrate value-related factors into formal PM statements and resulting processes
  • build awareness of communication issues that can undermine international PM
  • acquire skills in planning, organizing, and monitoring that are transferable to broader PM roles.

"Working Effectively on International Projects" is delivered in ten sections:

Section  I Workshop Introduction
Section  II Project Management: A Review
Section  III Management Abroad: A Cultural Framework
Section  IV Panel of Former Expatriate Managers
Section  V Application of the Cultural Framework
Section  VI Intercultural Communications
Section  VII Using Intercultural Publications
Section  VIII New Project Planning Elements
Section  IX Completion of Major Case Studies [most of day 2]
Section  X Wrap-up and Commitments

Options for customizing this workshop include:

  • Section II: The review may be of Kepner Tregoe or any other project management approach
  • Section IV: If your firm has no returned expatriate managers, we will explore options with you
  • Section IX: Cases are based on your firm's PM experience abroad; or we can provide cases.
  • The entire course can be given a geographical/cultural focus; one or two additional days and an additional facilitator are required.

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  • Clients arrange for our global leadership training services by means of either a formal contracting processes or an informal agreement. We adapt to each client’s requirements. We do not require an elaborate contract.
  • Our fees are largely determined by the number of trainers and the duration of the training. (We do not charge on a per-participant basis.) For a half-day or less of on-client-site leadership training, we charge 75% of our full day rate.
  • Additional fees might apply in some cases, such as for development, customization, or materials design. Any expenses – trainer travel, materials shipping, etc. – are passed on to our client at cost.
  • We authorize training to occur after we receive verification from our client that our invoices will be honored. Usually, verification occurs by means of a Purchase Order number.
  • For details, contact managing partner Cornelius Grove using the Learn More button, or phone him at +1-718-492-1896.