Revealed: 7 Impacts of Organisational Culture on Project Management

In most of my previous articles, I have told you about Project Governance team  and some of the roles that they have to play in project management

I have also said whatever project that will be approved must have a link with the organisational goals and objectives. In this article, I want to look at some of these organisational cultures and goals. I will be looking at how some of these goals can impact project management practice. Follow me as we look at that in this article.

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#1 Code of conduct as part of the organisational culture

One of the factors that can influence how projects will be carried out in an organisation is the code of conduct of that organisation. As a good Project Manager, you are expected to abide by all rules and regulations that guide operations in the organisation. This code of conducts is to guide you and your project team members while performing project activities.

#2 Shared visions and beliefs as part of the organisational culture

Your organisation shared visions and beliefs is one of the factors that will determine how a particular project will be handled in the organisation. If the organisation, for example, believe that a particular method should be handled to coordinate project successfully. You may have no option than to use such methods as a Project Manager.

#3 Operating Environments as part of the organisational culture

The Operating environment that you find yourself as the Project Manager will also dictate what happens on your project. For example, if you find yourself in an environment where the Project Manager is more important than team members, you will notice that you will be able to achieve more than an environment where the Project Manager has to take directive from Departmental Managers.

#4 Risk tolerance level

The risk tolerance level of the organisation is also one of the organisational cultures that will dictate how their project will. There are two modes when it comes to risk tolerance for projects. We have risk seeking organisations who are ready to take risks no matter what. This kind of organisation just wants to explore and see if they will win. They always set large budgets for managing risks. We also have a risk-averse risk as much as possible. They run their projects incrementally in order to avoid risks. The Project manager in such an environment is always micromanaged in order to avert risks. This will have great impacts on their projects.

#5 Regulations, policies and procedures

One other factor that determines how projects are being carried out in any organisation is the regulations and policies guiding such organisations. This can impact greatly on what the project manager can do. You have to set your working hours for example based on the number of hours that is permitted. You cannot do anything outside what the organisation allows, This is very important for you to know as a Project Manager.

#6 Motivation and rewards systems

One of the organisational cultures that can be in place in any organisation is the motivation and reward system. Every organisation has a way of promoting and rewarding its employees. As a Project manager managing a project. You are also the Human Resource Manager. You have to make sure that the same reward system that is being applied by the organisation is also used in your projects.

#7 Organisational leadership and hierarchy

Project Managers in any organisation are not immune to the influence of leadership in the organisation. The type of organisational structure being adopted by an organisation will affect the way their projects are being run. If you are in an organisation where departmental managers have more power than project managers, it will really tell on how you are able to access resources for your project.





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