chapter  3
10 Pages

Boss Knows Best!

Prior to the development of modern project management techniques and software, the choice to plan, and how to plan, was greatly influenced by the culture, and members of sequential cultures choosing to pre-plan and finish one task before starting the next. Given software-aided planning which allows us to plan multitasking resources with a reduced risk of overloading available capacity, the option of high-level synchronic vs. detailed sequential planning is often a matter of logical preference rather than cultural tendency. For synchronism to achieve its full positive potential it should be a managed synchronism'. Although Sequential vs. Synchronic' orientation is the chapters prime focus for multicultural project management, we should be aware that it is only one of three elements within the cultural time orientation. Fons Trompenaars divided time orientation into three subcomponents: sequential or synchronic; time horizon long-term vs. short-term orientation; clock or event time quality vs. punctuality.