The impact of culture on international management: a survey of project communications in Singapore

Tran, Dan D. & Skitmore, Martin (2002) The impact of culture on international management: a survey of project communications in Singapore. The Australian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 2(2), pp. 36-47.


This paper provides the results of an exploratory survey of construction industry managers in Singapore to isolate some of the common effects of national and organisational culture, together with the personal characteristics of managers, on the efficacy of project communication. By examination of significant correlation coefficients, the various types of influences are identified. The results of the research suggest that the managers’ attitude and behaviours toward communication may be guided to large extent by their level of competence. The study also provides evidence to suggest that the individuals’ understanding of the communication process and its barriers, the way they behave with other individuals and expect to be treated, varies according to national cultures.

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ID Code: 3440
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: National Culture, Organisational Culture, Inter, cultural Communication, Cross Cultural Management
ISSN: 1445-2634
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:30

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