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Building cultural intelligence: insights from project management job advertisements

Building cultural intelligence: insights from project management job advertisements
Building cultural intelligence: insights from project management job advertisements
This paper examines how organisations that conduct worldwide recruitment of project management professionals can derive insight from the cultural preferences stated within project management job advertisements. Drawing on project management practitioner job advertisements placed by 2040 organisations across seven countries and seven industries, we employ Hofstede’s national cultural framework to categorise cultural preferences which the organisations persistently replicate in their specifications of desired candidate project management practitioner competency. To map global trends and national variations, data analysis is undertaking and utilising exploratory data analysis, Poisson regression and negative binomial regression are used. The paper finds that specific national cultural dimensions – ‘Collectivism’, ‘Uncertainty Avoidance’ and, to a lesser extent, ‘Power Distance’ – are the most salient cultural denominators for advertised project management positions, while this is not the case with ‘Masculinity’ and ‘Individualism’. The findings raise issues about which organisations should seek to become more culturally intelligent, and which relate to the adaptiveness of the cultural preferences that they articulate through their job advertisements, both to project tasks and to cultural contexts for projects.
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Chipulu, M., Ojiako, Udechukwu, Marshall, A., Williams, T., Neoh, Jun, Mota, Caroline and Shou, Yongyi (2016) Building cultural intelligence: insights from project management job advertisements. Production Planning & Control, 27 (3), 133-147. (doi:10.1080/09537287.2015.1083623).

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This paper examines how organisations that conduct worldwide recruitment of project management professionals can derive insight from the cultural preferences stated within project management job advertisements. Drawing on project management practitioner job advertisements placed by 2040 organisations across seven countries and seven industries, we employ Hofstede’s national cultural framework to categorise cultural preferences which the organisations persistently replicate in their specifications of desired candidate project management practitioner competency. To map global trends and national variations, data analysis is undertaking and utilising exploratory data analysis, Poisson regression and negative binomial regression are used. The paper finds that specific national cultural dimensions – ‘Collectivism’, ‘Uncertainty Avoidance’ and, to a lesser extent, ‘Power Distance’ – are the most salient cultural denominators for advertised project management positions, while this is not the case with ‘Masculinity’ and ‘Individualism’. The findings raise issues about which organisations should seek to become more culturally intelligent, and which relate to the adaptiveness of the cultural preferences that they articulate through their job advertisements, both to project tasks and to cultural contexts for projects.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 August 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 October 2015
Published date: 2016
Organisations: Centre of Excellence in Decision, Analytics & Risk Research

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Local EPrints ID: 380270
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/380270
ISSN: 0953-7287
PURE UUID: 76494a53-7344-4fe3-b6d1-31a9579e06c5
ORCID for M. Chipulu: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0139-6188

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Date deposited: 08 Sep 2015 11:21
Last modified: 20 Aug 2019 00:37

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Author: M. Chipulu ORCID iD
Author: Udechukwu Ojiako
Author: A. Marshall
Author: T. Williams
Author: Jun Neoh
Author: Caroline Mota
Author: Yongyi Shou

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