Fons Trompenaars is known all over the world for his work as consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of many books on the subject of culture and business.
As founder and director of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner, an intercultural management firm, he has spent over 20 years helping Fortune 500 leaders and professionals manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalization, mergers and acquisition, HR and leadership development.
Fons is the author/co-author of 13 books, including the best seller and Book of the Year Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business (1993). His other books include: the Culture for Business series, which comprises four books (2004-5), Riding the Whirlwind: Connecting People and Organisations in a Culture of Innovation (2007), and Innovating in a Global Crisis (2009). His most recent publication is The Global M&A Tango (2010). In 2011, the Harvard Business Review published his co-written article with Peter Woolliams entitled “Lost in Translation” regarding culture and failure.
Fons co-founded THT (then known as Centre for International Business Studies) in 1989, with Charles Hampden Turner and together they pioneered the Seven Dimensions of Culture and Dilemma Reconciliation philosophy into a powerful approach for reconciling cultural differences. With his growing team of consultants, Fons has translated this approach into innovative, practical and profitable results in all areas of international business for such companies as: BP, Philips, IBM, Heineken, Applied Materials, AMD, VNU, TRW, Mars, Motorola, General Motors, Dow Chemical, CSM, Telfort, Wolters Kluwer, Gerling NCM, Merrill Lynch, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, ABN AMRO, ING, PepsiCo, and Honeywell.
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