Problems in Administering Overseas Projects

by Melvin L. Purtell, Design Project Mgr.; E.I. duPont de Nemours Co., Inc., Engineering Dept., Louviers Building, Wilmington, Del. 19898,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 2, Pg. 140-144

Document Type: Journal Paper


Management of an overseas project can be successful if potential problems are recognized and considered early in a proposed new venture. Such problems include organizational structure, foreign engineering requirements, world-wide procurement, personnel relocations, host country regulations, construction labor, cost control, and estimating techniques. The paper briefly covers the organizational of the author's company and mentions numerous questions and considerations for major project functions that need resolution early in venture strategy planning. Generally, planning for overseas projects are more complicated, require more up-front time, and need more management attention than comparable domestic projects.

Subject Headings: Business organizations | Procurement | Construction methods | Labor | Construction costs | Structural control

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