Consulting across cultures: Librarians and project management in Vietnam

Michael Robert Owen ROBINSON

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to offer a number of reflections based on the personal experience of working as a librarian in Vietnam. 
Design/methodology/approach: The approach is subjective and is based on the author's observations and conclusions as a project consultant to several philanthropic projects in Vietnam. 
Findings: The paper briefly describes these library projects and then discusses some of the more significant professional and personal challenges and rewards they involved. 
Practical implications: The paper provides some practical guidance on approaches to project management across cultures and on issues specific to library project management and consulting in Vietnam. 
Originality/value: The paper is both a contribution to the small body of literature on the impact of philanthropic assistance and projects on libraries in Vietnam, as well as a personal narrative on the experience of working as a professional librarian in another culture. Copyright © 2009 European Council for High Ability
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-261
JournalLibrary Management
Issue number4/5
Publication statusPublished - 2007


Robinson, M. (2007). Consulting across cultures: Librarians and project management in Vietnam. Library Management, 28(4/5), 252-261.


  • National cultures
  • Philanthropy
  • Project management
  • University libraries
  • Vietnam


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