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Culture in Project Management (on demand)

Culture in Project Management: a Collabyrinth.


In the execution of a mega project, collaboration is inevitable.
Requiring a combination of skills, knowledge and resources, projects often attract numerous participants each carrying their own cultural background.
Consequently, a great variety of cultural differences and similarities, as well as distinctive practices and differing values and interests for participation, emerge when firms and people come together in a project organization.
This webinar offers insight into the ‘people’ side of project management.
In light of the Panama Canal Expansion Program, Karen Smits explains how project participants deal with the cultural complexity in their everyday life.
This webinar is based on the book Cross Culture Work: Practices of Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program.


Follow this webinar if you are interested in cross-cultural collaboration (Panama Canal) between different partners such as public administrators, construction companies, engineers and sub-contractors.


Previous knowledge is not required.


Karen Smits, PhD, is an international expert in Organizational Anthropology.
Her book ‘Cross Culture Work: Practices of Collaboration in the Panama Canal Expansion Program’ receives much attention in the project management world, and beyond.
Currently, Karen is active as a Business Culture Consultant in the Latin America region, supporting companies and employees in developing cross-cultural collaboration, organizational change and growth initiatives.
She is often invited to speak about her research outcomes, develops workshops and delivers training and coaching on intercultural collaboration in the workplace. Please read more about Karen at