Cross-Cultural Project Management in International Construction Projects in Kenya

  • Kimani Thomas Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology
  • A O Alkizim Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology
  • Bernard Mugwima Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology

Abstract

Kenya, in line with vision 2030, is planned for intensive development. The vision aspires for a country firmly connected through a network of roads, railways, ports, airports, water and sanitation facilities. Residential, commercial and industrial developments are also envisionedby the government and private developers. With the country's progress and revolution, construction projects have become international affairs with multi-cultural teams located in multiple countries. The historically monolithic Kenyan construction industry is slowly being diffused by foreign competition and there is pressure on the industry to increase productivity and reduce costs. Managing cultural diversity in construction projects is crucial for their success. Understanding and successfully managing cultural differences can bring several advantages to the project. On the other hand, problems arising from cultural differences can cause conflicts, waste of resources and delay of construction. The paper identifies barriers and problems caused by cross-cultural conflict in international construction projects in Kenya. It gives a theoretical basis and recommendations to construction project managers for a harmonious working environment in this era of globalization.
Published
Jun 13, 2016
How to Cite
THOMAS, Kimani; ALKIZIM, A O; MUGWIMA, Bernard. Cross-Cultural Project Management in International Construction Projects in Kenya. Proceedings of Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference, [S.l.], p. 202-206, june 2016. ISSN 2079-6226. Available at: <http://sri.jkuat.ac.ke/ojs/index.php/proceedings/article/view/428>. Date accessed: 23 nov. 2017.

Keywords

Culture; Diversity; Expatriate; Globalization; Performance.