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International Project Management Wk3 - PM Question
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When undertaking projects in a developing country with lower quality standards, should you adhere to your own country's standards or should you just apply the local standards? Explain your answer. Answer the same question with respect to safety standards. Is this an ethical issue?`
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Paulette

The answwer depends on the quality standard is set by the customer, another department in your company or as a supplier the contract owning company.

In case there is no quality standard set or available by/from the customer I would select the quality standard in the country where the proejct will be delviered and implemented
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Paulette

The answwer depends on the quality standard is set by the customer, another department in your company or as a supplier the contract owning company.

In case there is no quality standard set or available by/from the customer I would select the quality standard in the country where the proejct will be delviered and implemented
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I don't think you should assume that developing countries have lower standards. Have a look at what's been happening with PMD Pro about raising standards.
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Elisabeth

Fully agree, often standards in a developing country are higher.if you look at the maturity to manage, adhere and improve processes is often better as in the western world
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Hans, that's definitely true. I've not worked in a developing country, so I can't say with any authority, but I get the impression that the willingness to adopt continuous improvement in some places would make a difference. They aren't burdened by a long history of using bureaucratic processes!
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Paulette

Just have a look at cmmi certification of companies in a certain country. Higher levels are often obtained in developing countries
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As far as safety standards are in concern, it is always good to consult your compliance or EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) department as they are the authorities in this area. If EHS and compliance are not available, it is always safe to pick the most stringent condition on the options available in case you need to be subjected to export regulations.
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Inside of your own camp, you should adhere to the standards set by your country for safety and quality, with the understanding that you may have to modified what you implement based upon the standards of the hosting nation.

With respect to the pharmaceutical industry, many overseas companies have stricter safety and quality requirements than the US depending on what is being produced and its effects on the economy, environment and the policies of that nation, the US team has to make the adjustment to implement the hosting countries standards, whether they are for safety or quality. A miss in either of these areas will produce the same risk.

The question of ethics is rooted in governance, economics, cultural, legal and the environmental policies of both nation. The establishing of international policies and counsels have been instrumental in addressing ethics, none the less it would be unethical for any nation to engage in practices that put a community at risk.

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