Multicultural Leadership for International Project Management
SEMINAR DATES: September 29, October 4 & 6
TIME: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
In today's global economy, most business projects are conducted in multiple countries and cultures, which increases the complexity given the need to understand local culture and practices, laws and ethics, politics, resources and more. Based on extensive research in anthropology, cross-cultural psychology, leadership, and organizational behavior, this seminar reviews the impact of culture and diversity on group dynamics and project management. It provides a thorough review of relevant theories and applies them to helping participants develop the cultural mindset that is essential to effective international leadership and the establishment of sound processes, metrics and reward systems that assure project attainment.
Successful international project leaders need to have a broad range of interests and capabilities to manage the nuances of cross-cultural dynamics. The best ideas and plans can easily be derailed if team members and leaders do not develop the cultural intelligence (CQ) that is necessary to understand what is not obvious in basic team processes. As management guru Peter Druker once said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”
- Understand the various models of national cultures that have application to leading cross-cultural projects including: Hall, Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck, Hoftstede, Tromprenaars and GLOBE
- Identify communication and management issues regarding group diversity and dispersion that influence the success of international virtual teams
- Assess the different steps in managing an integrated international project including: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and close up
- Identify and assess sources of international risk management, including ethical and cultural topics
Juan F. Roche has over 30 years of experience as global executive, consultant and board member in the US, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
His last corporate position was as CEO of Gruma Corporation (Mission Foods), a Mexican multinational company based in the US. Previously he was with Nabisco, first as President of Europe, Middle East and Africa and later as President of Latin America. He started his career at Mavesa, then a Procter and Gamble joint venture where he grew through the marketing, logistics, and finance ranks to become the CEO. In this position he led the buy-out of P&G stake and transformed the company to a NYSE publicly traded regional player with operations in the Andean Region.
Dr. Roche received his B.S. degree in Business from the Catholic University in Venezuela, an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, where he has taught Culture and Leadership at the master level.
Currently, Dr. Roche is a Senior Partner at Renaissance Growth Advisors, an international consulting firm servicing the Food, Beverage, Household Goods, Banking and Insurance, and Engineering and Consulting industries worldwide.