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Is your decision making influenced by your culture?
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One of the most important skills in every manager's activity is decision making.
Peter Drucker wrote: "Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level"

I have been managing projects outside my Country and my culture, and I felt ethical decision making to be influenced by culture, age, gender, and so forth.

What is your experience?
Do you reach PMI's Ethical Decision Making Framework to support your process when facing challenges?
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Hi Fabio,
I think we are in the same boat, I had projects in challenging countries, and walking on eggs shell is not easy. I strive always to the do best I can.
Walking on eggs shell is not easy, however, understanding the culture and analysing the stakeholders within the concept of their culture is an essential tool for success. Ethnocentrism is your worst enemy, and this is the reason many PM fail in international projects.

Kevin
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Hi Fabio, I have managed projects overseas and culture very much influences decision making. Unfortunately, PMI's ethics framework is very "Western" focused. You would think ethics is universally applicable, but in reality it is not. The challenges culturally are language, individualistic vs collectivist societies, family priority vs work priorities etc. Ethical challenges include bribes, corrupt local, state and national government agencies and contractors, class system, over representation of male management in some very female dominated industries (ie. call centers) etc.
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Jun 01, 2018 3:01 AM
Kevin Drake
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I did not dare to say (western focused) thank you.
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Fabio - They are personal ethical believes that never changes, no matter where, how, who and what you are dealing with. Nevertheless, some ethical decisions vary from country to country.
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May 31, 2018 6:42 PM
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Hi Fabio, I have managed projects overseas and culture very much influences decision making. Unfortunately, PMI's ethics framework is very "Western" focused. You would think ethics is universally applicable, but in reality it is not. The challenges culturally are language, individualistic vs collectivist societies, family priority vs work priorities etc. Ethical challenges include bribes, corrupt local, state and national government agencies and contractors, class system, over representation of male management in some very female dominated industries (ie. call centers) etc.
I did not dare to say (western focused) thank you.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Jun 01, 2018 4:32 AM
Sante Vergini
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I'm a dare devil lol.
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Indeed, I personally think ethics values are universal and universally shared, I was focusing more on decision-making.
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Jun 01, 2018 3:01 AM
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I did not dare to say (western focused) thank you.
I'm a dare devil lol.
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To discuss about ethic could be interesting but I think there is not enough room here. Ethic is not universal accepted and becasue of that code of ethics inside the organizations and rules/laws exsts outside organizations. Just an example: what do PMI think about certified project managers that belongs to armed forces and are managing projects to create things to kill people? I am not searching for an answer. On the other side, PMI Code of Ethic is just to fullfil a requirement to get the certification approval from international organizations. If a project manager perform outside the PMIĀ“s Code of Ethic organizations can not act against the project manager. Now, are decision influenced by culture? Totally and mainly the organizational culture. If your decisions are not inside the organizational culture framework it is impossible to continue working inside the organization.

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