Cultural patterns influencing project team behavior in Sub-Saharan Africa: A case study in Ethiopia

Fanta Tesgera Jetu, René Riedl, Friedrich Roithmayr

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Abstract

Despite the increasing attention paid to the human element of project success found in the project management literature, empirical studies exploring cultural patterns influencing this particular human element continue to be far from satisfactory. To help further understand the influence of cultural patterns within Sub-Saharan Africa project environments, we draw on a case study conducted in Ethiopia's service sector. Apart from the well-perceived cultural values commonly referred to in the existing literature, we specifically investigated the deep-rooted underlying causes, which include Ethiopian cultural habits, as a principal factor in influencing project team behavior. The article concludes with implications and recommendations for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-77
Number of pages21
JournalProject Management Journal
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Ethiopia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • cultural patterns
  • habits
  • project success
  • project team behavior
  • values

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