Several countries in different parts of the global world aim to supply automobile products to various industries. For example, we have the CTD Company, which is based on the supply of automobile products to the ford company. Automobiles are exampled by vehicles that include cars and automobiles found in different places in the world. In every company setting, there must be one of the leading suppliers or the point at which the company supplies the goods it produces in bulk at any given time. As a result, TD company or the CTD has one major supplier from where it is found to supply goods it is producing. Ford has been one of the industry or rather the company that runs under the CTD company, which rely on the company to get the goods that it will supply to various wholesalers and, more so, the retailers in the global world from where the goods will be supplied to the customers who are found in the global market. Because CTD Company is supplying several goods to the Ford Company, there must be restrictions set for various goods being supplied (Polk, 2015). This is to ensure that the company gets the best goods that it deserves for it to be in a position to sell to different individuals. Due to this, CTD Company has maintained the high-quality production of goods it is releasing to the global market. This made the company mapped as one of the most famous companies that are found in the global world. Due to increased quality, the company was compared to performing best in the market places. Most customers preferred it compared to the other companies releasing similar products globally.
Quality maintenance of the goods and services that any given company or business realizes to the global world is one of the most crucial aspects that makes the company famous in the global market. In the 1980s and more so the 1990s, CTD Company gained much popularity because it supplied high-quality goods to various customers in the global market. Some of the dependable customers of CTD Company include Ford Company. This has been one of the leading customers to which the CTD Company supplies its goods. Because the company could maintain the supply of high-quality goods and services, the competition needed to be more extreme, so most customers went for it. As time passed by, the rate of competition from other industries rose into action. This made most companies, such as Ford, the leading reliable supplier of the CTD Company, devise strategies dictating the mode, standard and expectations of the delivery of various goods (Harpham, 2018). This made the CTD Company focus more on improving the production quality of various goods and services at any time. Due to this fact, the presidents who are the leading team of the CTD Company had the feeling to come up with project management as one of the leading solutions that would save the situation and lower the level of competition at the expected level. This made the company choose project management as one of the leading solutions, which will significantly impact the company’s culture. Although this action will take time for everything to settle down as expected, the company had no other option. This paper will focus on the research questions that will help us analyze project management thoroughly and its effect on the CTD company culture.
As indicated, CTD Company has decided to major in project management. This is the company’s only solution to increase its operation in the global market. Due to this fact, the company needs to accept project management as the culture of the company. Culture is the way individuals leave at any given time. On this concept, the culture of the CTD Company is the way of life that the company will adopt at any given point. This involves the adoption of project management. For the project management skills and models to succeed as per the expectations of the company in the global market, the company needs to take it as the culture. This will be rooted much more on the part of the activities carried out in the company setting, ultimately defining the mode at which the company thrives in the global market. Competition has been one of the challenging factors that CTD Company has been experiencing. Apart from the idea of the company being positioned to maintain the quality of the goods and services it is releasing in the global market, there were other ways in which the company could compete (Venter, 2015). Project management has been the other alternative for the CTD Company from where the company can maintain its competitive advantage. For the project management activity to be adopted fully in the company setting, the company should therefore be able to adopt it as the culture. This solution should be part of the company’s activities that define the progress of the company or, rather, the way of life that the company sustains. Since the main aim is to fight the increased competition in the global market, CTD Company should make project management part of its culture.
Project management is a process that involves several individuals across the global world. For example, we have the case of CTD Company being in a position to carry out the project management practice. This is one of the everyday activities designed to be carried out in the CTD company and will involve a number of individuals both in the company and outside the company setting. Most of the individuals who will be involved in the company project management, in this case, include the managers who act as the control system of all the activities that will be carried out within the project management, also the workers who form the fundamental unit of the company at any given time. Also, we have customers forming the external influencing portion of the project management practices, especially in the CTD Company. Because there are activities carried out by different mentioned individuals in the project management, there is a great diversity of ways each sector affects or influences the project management at any given point. An example, in this case, is the customers. Customers act as the primary buyers who buy goods and services produced by the CTD Company. Due to this factor, the customers can financially support the overall management staff (Nikolaidis, 2023). For example, the company managers arrange the project management in CTD Company. When the frequency or the rate at which the customer buys from the manager increases, this leads to an increase in the stability of the arrangement for the project management activity by the managers. This means that the customers can only determine the project management carried out in the CTD Company by the managers through the measure of the visit frequency. The more the customers visit the company, the more positive the managers choose the idea of actually carrying out the management practices for the project.
As it has been outlined, the cultural effect is one of the challenges faced by the CTD Company when shifting to the new project management model. The main goal of CTD Company is to make project management part of the company’s culture. Due to this fact, the company should therefore be able to attach the cultural issue first. Culture represents the company’s way of life. Remember, the introduction of project management is one of the ways through which the CTD Company introduces a new culture the company. As a result, the company is expected to face several cultural issues because the company is shifting from one cultural basis to another. It is, therefore, of great importance for the company to first attach the cultural issues that arise before ushering in the new system, which will change the cultural basics of the company. Attaching the cultural issues will make the company, which is made up of employees, employers and customers, actually thrive in the new culture being ushered in the company(Amanatidis, 2017). This act is the physical preparation of the individuals working in the company set for the new project management culture that is about to be introduced in the company setting. Most companies, including the CTD company, should therefore consider the idea of attachment to cultural issues before introducing a new culture at any given time.
Ford Company had created the time limit and the boundaries for the CTD Company to comply with the required strategies clearly outlined in the company. Therefore, Ford Company had given out thirty-six months, three full years, for the CTD Company to change (Galli, 2017). Under proper estimation, this is a long time frame for the complication of the CTD company project management practices. As it has been outlined, the company is involving the ushering of a new culture. Due to this fact, the company is therefore in the position to take a small quantity of time for it to completely change and more so cope with the new culture that has been introduced. The process of the company changing its culture as the result of ushering in the project management is a process that involves several activities which should be carried out. This includes actively attacking the cultural issues that arise while developing a new culture (Barbosa, 2022). This, therefore, makes the process take several years. As it has been indicated by one of the CTD company customers, the duration of time that has been allocated will therefore make it possible for the company to change practically. The required practical, in this case, is the ushering in of the CTD project management. Remember, this activity requires several practicals to be carried out at any time. Thirty-six months is enough for the company to ultimately change everything in the company setting. This will therefore make the company comply and, more so, be in a position to have gone through all the required activities at any given time.
Companies often fight to bring about change at any given time. For the issue to do with the CTD Company, a good step was carried out between the 1980s and 1990s. As it has been outlined, the company was popularly known because it was in a position to supply high-quality products to the global market. This clearly shows that, initially, the company used to supply low-quality products to its global customers (Van der Waldt, 2017). As a result of the change of growth of the company from time to time, the company was, therefore, able to adopt a high-quality product production. This changed the entire company and, more so, the operational practices that the company carried out from time to time. Therefore, this is mapped as the most significant change in this company setting. The change in the quality of goods in CTD Company opened its way to success. Because the company has been ushering in high-quality products, this idea increased the customer rate for the company. Increased customer rates lead to an increase in the profit made by the company at any given time. This made the company open up more to global customers, expand more and finally become most successful.
Many challenges face individuals, especially when managing a project at any given time (Karumathil, 2016). For example, in the CTD company, several individuals are fully involved in project management. During this process, there are some instances in which the knowledge of the customers is based on how the project management skills overtake the level of understanding of the individuals carrying out the management practices themselves. In these cases, the customers are therefore regarded to be more and more knowledgeable on project management than the individuals controlling the project.
When this situation arises at any given point, a danger exists. One of the most common dangers in these cases is the danger of the individuals coping with the customer’s taste and preferences. Remember, for the company to maintain the customers at any given time, the company should be in a position to maintain the customer’s tastes and preferences. This has been so because the company needs a future with the customers at any given time. When this case arises at any given time, the individuals take much time, especially in the project management life, trying to fix the customer’s feelings and tastes concerning the matter. If the customers are not aware of project management, they are less knowledgeable about the skills. This makes it possible for the company or the individuals carrying out the project management to run all the activity in the desired direction, which will convince the customers to agree. This raises a matter of concern when it comes to the opposite direction. Individuals will therefore face several challenges since they will be after running the project management activities as directed by the customer’s feelings and tastes (MELLORS, 2018). This led to a waste of several time as the company tried to change the culture by ushering in project management practices. This becomes one of the most challenges that is experienced by the individuals based on the provided case.
Several project management life cycle models are mainly used by various individuals, especially when carrying out project management activities. Project management has cycles or phases from which the actual project is carried out at any given time. In the previous part, we discussed the situation in which the customers are more aware of the project’s management skills than the individuals carrying out the project at any given time. This is one of the decryption commonly used to offer the analysis of the sampled life cycle model of the project management. The cycle that fit in this case is the interactive cycle. A number of the reasons are found behind this cycle(Labuschagne, 2015). This cycle involves the initial interaction between the customer and the contractors carrying out the project management practices. As said in the previous part, this situation is maintained through the contractors being able to fit the customer’s taste and preferences about the running and, more so, the project management skills at any given time. This, therefore, makes it easy for the contractors running the project management activity to fully interact with the customers to understand more about their tastes and preferences concerning what they want. This offers an interactive atmosphere that involves the contractors and the customers. This idea makes it easy for individuals to identify that this is the iterative model cycle of project management. As said, project management is accompanied by a number or a series of activities carried out by both the customers and the contractors.
The customers’ knowledge that is actually based on the project management can interrupt the individual strategic planning towards the project management. For example, in our case, we had the CTD Company devise strategic planning on how the company will carry out its project management process. When coming up with the strategy, several factors are being considered. In this matter, the customer view or preference toward project management is considered in one way or the other at any given time (Suri, 2019). This, therefore, means that the individuals making the strategy that concerns the running of the project management at any given time are much more influenced by customer knowledge. Remember, the primary and fundamental reason the company carries out project management is to attract more customers to the company. Therefore, this makes it possible for the company to include the customer’s tastes and preferences for the project management process strategy derivation. This becomes an essential activity that any company should carry out to maintain the customer’s taste and preference.
Sometimes, the customer may be more assertive in any of the given company systems. In this case, most of the companies may involve this particular customer, especially when coming up with the project management strategy. This should not happen at any given point. This process will only involve a single customer in the company setting (Pinto, 2018). The company needs to consider the wide range of customers’ tastes as preferences towards the derivation of the project management strategy. In this case, I, therefore, reject the idea. Suppose the company gets fully involved in involving just a single superior customer, especially when coming up with the project management. In that case, this may lead to the loss of customers by the company at any given period. This commonly happens because the company is, therefore, in the position of not considering a wide range of individuals, especially when coming up with the decision-making process of the company culture change. In this situation, the company will therefore experience several losses.
If a single methodology is assigned to specific project management, it is difficult for individuals to make some changes. This is because there are several tastes and, more so, preferences of how individuals view the project management process. This makes them consider different methodologies that can be used during project management (Park, 2017). Suppose the situation occurs when the company or the individuals are required to use a single project management mythology. In that case, this will therefore be very difficult for the contractors to make the suggested method fit the taste and more is the preferences of most individuals at any given time.
Conclusion and Recommendation
Companies should be able to maintain the quality of the products they release to the market places. This activity makes the companies gain much profit and, more so, a competitive advantage in the global market (Patanakul, 2020). Most of the time, the competition is very high as it is discussed and the company should seek the alternative. Project management is one of the alternatives that favours the company at any given time. This involves the change of the company culture at any given time. From the analysis, I recommend that the contractors research more knowledge on how to offer strategic management of the project with ought to involve several customers. This will help the idea of saving time and makes the company make proper decisions based on project management.
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