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Cross-cultural management in international construction projects: Case study of China Machinery Industry Construction Group Inc.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]



Cross-cultural management in international construction projects: Case study of

China Machinery Industry Construction Group Inc.


Final assignment for Master Degree in Business Administration


Yuan Liu, You Li


Aihie Osarenkhoe


Maria Fregidon-Malama





This study presents the characteristic and current status of the international

construction projects, and figure out which barriers caused by cross-cultural

differences the multinational corporations and enterprise would face, as well as the

solutions for these barriers.


This study was carried out by using a qualitative and quantitative research

method. We gathered relevant information by conducting questionnaire to Chinese

employees working in Congo, Rep and interviews which include four managers of

China Machinery Industry Construction Group Inc (CMICGI). By comparing the

literature review and finding, we find barriers caused by cross cultural differences and

relevant solutions.

Result & Conclusions


Through the literature review associating with the analysis of

the questionnaire and interview, we find out that there are nine barriers in the project,

the reason why they appeared and how them influence the projects. We also find

solutions to solve the barriers.

Suggestions for future research:

This study restricted to geographical and time, it

only included one company and one country. More cases can be concluded in future


Contributions for the study:

The study results show how barrier case of

cross-cultural different impact in international construction project. We also

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contribute the evaluation for each barrier. Cultural differences between multinational

trading are frequently neglected by firms but have a significant impact. Our research

can help more companies to find some problems which they usually ignored.


Cross-cultural management, Barriers, Cross-cultural difference,

International construction projects, Identification, Evaluation

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
Cross-cultural management, Barriers, Cross-cultural difference
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-17231Archive number: FE1: 95/2014OAI: diva2:731848
Subject / course
Business administration
Educational program
Business administration – master’s programme (one year)
Available from: 2014-07-04 Created: 2014-07-02 Last updated: 2014-07-04Bibliographically approved

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