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Diversity | Globalization | Human Resources/Workplace Issues | Management
Fons Trompenaars, Ph.D., is the world authority on managing cultural diversity for profitability. As managing director of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner Intercultural Management Consulting and an acclaimed author and advisor, he works with major global corporations regarding the opportunities presented by cultural differences. As U.S. organizations continue to explore overseas business opportunities, they will be challenged to adapt to the new market's local characteristics, legislation, fiscal regime, sociopolitical environment, and cultural system, and Dr. Trompenaars offers companies insights and practical advice regarding these challenges. He studied economics at the Free University of Amsterdam and later earned a Ph.D. from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation on differences in conceptions of organizational structure in various cultures. He experienced cultural differences firsthand at home, where he grew up speaking both French and Dutch.
Dr. Trompenaars gained hands-on multi-cultural experience while working for Royal Dutch Shell, handling operations in nine different countries. During his 15 years of research, he worked as a consultant for British Petroleum, ICI, Philips, Heineken, TRW, Mars, Motorola, General Motors, Nike, Cable and Wireless, CSM, and Merrill Lynch. He now develops programs for cross-cultural management that empower organizations throughout the business world, discussing the implications for managing or being managed, working together, building relationships, team working, negotiating and communicating with people from other cultures. Dr. Trompenaars developed a model to analyze cultural differences, the "Seven Dimensions of Culture Model," to show how managing complexity in a heterogeneous environment is a major challenge for international managers and corporate leaders as well as a critical component of long term success, and how reconciling cultural differences leads to competitive advantage. As business becomes more global and diverse, culture becomes the defining issue for leaders and managers.
Dr. Trompenaars is the author/co-author of thirteen books, including the best seller Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business, (Nicholas Brealey, 1993). This book has been translated into fourteen languages (including Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, and Russian) and the Dutch translation of this book was awarded "Book of the Year" by the Order of Experts and Consultants on Organization (OOA). Some of his other books include 21 Leaders for the 21st Century (John Wiley and McGraw Hill, 2001), the Culture for Business series, which comprises four books (Capstone, 2004-5), Riding the Whirlwind: Connecting People and Organizations in a Culture of Innovation (Infinite Ideas, 2007), Servant-Leadership Across Cultures (Infinite Ideas, 2008), and Innovating in a Global Crisis (Infinite Ideas, 2009). His most recent publication is The Global M&A Tango (Infinite Ideas, 2010).
Dr. Trompenaars has been a leading proponent of the idea that value is not added but rather is created by reconciling values of contrasts and conflict. This idea is commonly referred to as the "dilemma theory," and was first argued in Riding the Waves of Culture and expanded in his book Building Cross-Cultural Competence. In 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, it was shown that the dilemma theory could also be extended to corporate-wide, divisional, departmental, team, and other organizational levels.
In 1991, Dr. Trompenaars was awarded the International Professional Practice Area Research Award by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
Dr. Fons Trompenaars serves as visiting professor for the international MBA Program at the Erasmus University--Rotterdam School of Management.
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