Although generally project management consists in the application of know-how, skills and techniques to meet the requirements and expectations of the project participants1, with respect to the activities implemented in borderlands these competencies are not sufficient in order to effectively plan and implement such enterprises. Apart from the basic skills in project management, the use of inter-cultural management principles is also essential, i.e. the type of management in which people from various cultures understand one another in the same manner.
Structure of the Toolkit and how to use it
The PAT-TEIN Toolkit for Inter-Cultural/Cross-Border Project Management is structured into six modules, each of which deals with an aspect of the lifecycle of the implementation of a cross-border project (Re-defining your Cross-Border Project; Consolidating the Cross-Border Partnership; Planning a Cross-Border Project; Implementation of a Cross-Border Project; Assessment of a Cross-Border Project; and the Transversal Skills of a Cross-Border Project Manager).
Toolkit The Common Parts
Here you will find the “Common” version of the Inter-cultural/Cross-Border Project Management Toolkit. It draws together the common skills needed and issues faced by those involved in the management of cross-border projects. It also forms the core of the Toolkits developed in the partner border regions using this common version, and to which further material has been added.Anyone about to embark, or already having embarked, on the frequently challenging journey of cross-border project management in the European context will find this Toolkit useful for their own cross-border territory.
The Toolkit for Inter-Cultural/Cross-Border Project Management is complemented by the Impact Assessment Toolkit for Cross-Border Cooperation developed by the Centre for Cross Border Studies and the Euro Institut, and users would benefit from familiarising themselves with both. That Toolkit is available to download from the Centre for Cross Border Studies website.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.