Ghost Stories

Topics: Construction, Project management, Project manager Pages: 2 (749 words) Published: July 1, 2013
For his first assignment in Thailand, Nils was assigned to a restoration project of the resort where had been ravaged by catastrophic tsunami. His time estimation for project accomplishment reported back to headquarter and soon turned out as an unachievable target when he found out that there is not enough resources to accomplish the project. The reason of this was not only because some migrant workers had fled away to not being deported, but also many Thais declined even his double wages offer mainly due to some sort of beliefs that the region and the resort are haunted by ghosts. 1) What options are available to Nils?

At this situation, some available options to Nils are suggested as below: * Plan the project with a few resources available right now and report back to headquarter considering the facts and obstacles regarding to lack of resource availability. This will cause the project to take longer than what he assumed at the first point. * Ask from the headquarter construction firm to provide him a number of workers either from the main office or countries around to enable the project to be finished in predefined time frame. However, administrative staff coordination may cause the project excessive cost. * In international projects accomplishment, culture plays a vital role which relates to shared values, beliefs and norms that bind people together. As in this case it can be perceived by the people stories, their deep-seated belief that the ghosts haunted the region. Considering being authorised by the headquarter, one option available to Nils is to try to change their deep-seated beliefs by setting up rescue campaign, for instance, and add more workers to his team. * Using threat, tsunami, as an opportunity and change the project scope and deliverables. For instance, He can negotiate with the customer to refurbish some part of resort till the estimated time he reported and in this period try to convince more workers to work for him. Or even...
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