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I am working on creating Risk Prompt lists using SPECTRUM, PESTLE and TECOP. I am trying to come up with questions to help identify Socio-Cultural and Social Risks. I am coming up blank. I was thinking Communication and Stakeholder Satisfaction may go under this heading, but I think I may be going in the wrong direction.
Can anyone give me examples of Social/Socio-Cultural risks?
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1. Religious Observances. For example, if you are executing a project in a Muslim country you'd better be prepared for a month of lowered productivity during Ramadan.
2. Holiday seasons that vary from country to country. Most of Europe seems to go on holiday in August, so you'd want to take that into consideration.
3. Political friction between team members. This can be a real problem that Westerners might not understand, particularly when working in southeast Asia.
4. Sports enthusiasm. I don't think Americans understand how importantly sports are viewed around the world. People will stop work to see a key cricket match or the World cup, for example. Such events should be researched and accounted for when planning.
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3 replies by Anish Abraham, Dinah Young, and Rami Kaibni
Jun 21, 2018 11:18 AM
Dinah Young
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Great input. I had not even thought of that. Now my thought process has been redirected. Thank you.
Jun 21, 2018 11:36 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Good input Eric.
Jun 21, 2018 4:08 PM
Anish Abraham
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You nailed it, Eric. Good one!!
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Jun 21, 2018 11:15 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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1. Religious Observances. For example, if you are executing a project in a Muslim country you'd better be prepared for a month of lowered productivity during Ramadan.
2. Holiday seasons that vary from country to country. Most of Europe seems to go on holiday in August, so you'd want to take that into consideration.
3. Political friction between team members. This can be a real problem that Westerners might not understand, particularly when working in southeast Asia.
4. Sports enthusiasm. I don't think Americans understand how importantly sports are viewed around the world. People will stop work to see a key cricket match or the World cup, for example. Such events should be researched and accounted for when planning.
Great input. I had not even thought of that. Now my thought process has been redirected. Thank you.
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Jun 21, 2018 11:15 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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1. Religious Observances. For example, if you are executing a project in a Muslim country you'd better be prepared for a month of lowered productivity during Ramadan.
2. Holiday seasons that vary from country to country. Most of Europe seems to go on holiday in August, so you'd want to take that into consideration.
3. Political friction between team members. This can be a real problem that Westerners might not understand, particularly when working in southeast Asia.
4. Sports enthusiasm. I don't think Americans understand how importantly sports are viewed around the world. People will stop work to see a key cricket match or the World cup, for example. Such events should be researched and accounted for when planning.
Good input Eric.
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Dinah -

Working styles and cultural differences can themselves introduce certain types of risks over and above the one's Eric identified. For example, saying "Maybe" when we mean "No", or having a midday siesta...

Kiron
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2 replies by Dinah Young and Eric Simms
Jun 21, 2018 12:49 PM
Dinah Young
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True. I have known people who culturally were incapable of saying no even when there was no conceivable way they could complete the additional work.
Jun 21, 2018 6:10 PM
Eric Simms
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I forgot about cultures where 'Maybe' really means 'No'. That's a huge risk. I need to learn more about how to conduct business in those cultures.
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Jun 21, 2018 12:39 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Dinah -

Working styles and cultural differences can themselves introduce certain types of risks over and above the one's Eric identified. For example, saying "Maybe" when we mean "No", or having a midday siesta...

Kiron
True. I have known people who culturally were incapable of saying no even when there was no conceivable way they could complete the additional work.
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Holidays. There are so many holidays in India that the team needs to coordinate who is going to take off which days.

Direct v. Indirect communication. Most of us in the West have little or no understanding of indirect communication, and how critical it is in most countries.

Gender and ethnic bias is a significant issue in many of the countries I have worked.
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Socio-Cultural what about belief religious or others.

Where do your include climate risk?
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1 reply by Dinah Young
Jun 21, 2018 3:46 PM
Dinah Young
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Both the PESTLE and TECOP include environmental risks. So far I have the following questions:

Climate
• How will extreme weather patterns affect the project?
• Is work being performed in a location that may be affected by earthquakes, storms, etc?
Impact
• Will the project have any impact on the environment/ecosystem/etc?
Property values
• Will the project have any impact on the local property values?
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Jun 21, 2018 3:32 PM
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Socio-Cultural what about belief religious or others.

Where do your include climate risk?
Both the PESTLE and TECOP include environmental risks. So far I have the following questions:

Climate
• How will extreme weather patterns affect the project?
• Is work being performed in a location that may be affected by earthquakes, storms, etc?
Impact
• Will the project have any impact on the environment/ecosystem/etc?
Property values
• Will the project have any impact on the local property values?
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Jun 21, 2018 11:15 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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1. Religious Observances. For example, if you are executing a project in a Muslim country you'd better be prepared for a month of lowered productivity during Ramadan.
2. Holiday seasons that vary from country to country. Most of Europe seems to go on holiday in August, so you'd want to take that into consideration.
3. Political friction between team members. This can be a real problem that Westerners might not understand, particularly when working in southeast Asia.
4. Sports enthusiasm. I don't think Americans understand how importantly sports are viewed around the world. People will stop work to see a key cricket match or the World cup, for example. Such events should be researched and accounted for when planning.
You nailed it, Eric. Good one!!
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Jun 21, 2018 12:39 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Dinah -

Working styles and cultural differences can themselves introduce certain types of risks over and above the one's Eric identified. For example, saying "Maybe" when we mean "No", or having a midday siesta...

Kiron
I forgot about cultures where 'Maybe' really means 'No'. That's a huge risk. I need to learn more about how to conduct business in those cultures.
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