Chapter 17

Navigating social culture

While this chapter focuses on low-income countries, social culture shapes collaboration everywhere. Engineering practice consists of two distinct threads. The first uses engineering science knowledge for analysis and performance predictions. The principles and methods are similar everywhere. The second and much more time-consuming thread is organising effective technical collaboration: ensuring that the actions of everyone involved will preserve original technical intentions so that ultimate performance aligns sufficiently with expectations. Collaboration can only be sustained by navigating local social culture.

What is culture? In essence, it is the habitual ways that people interact with each other. Every ...

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