DIA 48th Annual Meeting
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Optimizing Performance in Outsourced Projects in China and Other Asian Countries
Track : Track 02: Project/Portfolio Management and Strategic Planning
Program Code: 218
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM  EST
 John Sun, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, United States
 Jing Yeo, PAREXEL International, Singapore
 Catherine Lee, Pfizer Inc, Taiwan
 Jenny Zhang, Tigermed Consulting Ltd., United States
Outsourcing and participation in clinical trials in China and other Asian countries have expanded dramatically in recent years. Many global companies now have ongoing or newly initiated collaboration with their local subsidiaries or selected CRO in the Asia-Pacific region. Along with the apparent advantages and fast-paced development, the global and local project teams often face various unforeseen challenges that may result from the cultural differences leading to misalignment and frustration on both sides. In the sponsor-CRO collaboration, these variances include different expectations and project management practices ranging from project planning, risk management, and communication. This session will discuss the key differences and challenges of project management practice through case studies, and identify better ways to optimize the project performance internally within the matrix environment or when collaborating with a CRO.

Learning Objectives:
Identify the key differences in project management practices when collaborating between global and local project teams from China and Asian countries
Discuss how to enhance the mutual understanding between CRO and sponsor.