As you may know, the next Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience (http://summeracademy-karlsruhe.org/) will start in the first week of August this year. For the first time I will also give a lecture at our summer school on a topic we also use to address in the Master’s Program Leadership:
Intercultural Project Management
The course gives a first brief introduction regarding theory and tools of intercultural project management and the role of a project manager in intercultural settings. It challenges project thinking and opens perspectives for a career in international project management.
What is a project?
A project is complex endeavor limited in time and scope. To appreciate the impact of project management on our economy and society, a deep culture-driven understanding of labor division from the earliest stages to the projectifyed „Weltgesellschaft“ (Luhmann) of the 21st century seems to be necessary.
What makes a good project manager?
Successful project management is strongly related to own daily experience in real projects. Nevertheless theoretical and expert knowledge are key to successful project management.
A good project manager is able to deal with social and structural complexity. She or he appreciates to play with the complexity and has both the individual capability and the tools to reduce it. The good project manager is an excellent leader without always having the formal authority but being able to select the right people for the tasks to be done, to motivate these people and solve conflicts within the team.
She or he is a person that loves structured communication, keeps people always updated and aligns the interests of the stakeholders.
What is intercultural project management?
First of all intercultural settings add (social) complexity to the project. It‘s the project managers task to exploit the benefits of different world views on one hand and – on the other hand – to avoid limitations by making inclusion happen.
Leading in projects and leading with projects are among the core topics in the module “Conceptual Leadership” this winter term.