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Survey: Between Ubuntu and Western Ethics in Project Settings in Africa

Thursday, 26 July 2018  
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A survey conducted by Prof Christophe Bredillet (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières), Prof Lavagnon Ika (Telfer School of Management, Ottawa University),
Prof Carl Marnewick (University of Johannesburg).

Project practitioners in Africa are confronted with a big management challenge in their day-to-day practice. On the one hand, they are taught Project Management (PM) in a typically Western way with approaches, tools, and techniques grounded in Western theories. On the other hand, this PM education does not reflect traditional cultures. Thus, when it comes to the practice of PM, we still do not know, whether project leaders manage "consistently with their traditional cultures",  "consistently with what they are taught in business schools" or "strike some compromise".

There is a lack of empirical studies that address this gap in the current Management literature. While we agree that the above-mentioned discrepancy between traditional African cultures and the theoretical base for Management Education in general is problematic, we submit that it creates ethical tensions for the practice of PM in particular.
The goal of this research is to look into how ethical questions are lived by African project practitioners. More specifically, we will empirically assess their espoused ethical perspectives along with the tensions they create. 
In so doing, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of ethical challenges in Management in Africa and a broadening of the global ethic discussion by bringing Africa and projects or temporary organizations' lenses in.  

PMSA's Knowledge Series is a broad term for initiatives that seek to close the gap in knowledge and data around project management in Africa. We ask you to make a contribution to better understanding project management as it is practiced on our continent, by completing the survey detailed below. Results will be available to all respondents and will be portrayed through articles and information sharing sessions.

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