Erin Meyer: Biography highlights

Ranked among the Top 50 world’s most influential management and business thinkers on the 2021 Thinkers50 list, Erin Meyer is a specialist on cross-cultural management, her evaluation of different cultures has resulted in a strategic framework for organizations seeking international success.

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Erin Meyer’s Background / History

Professor Meyer has taught thousands of executives from around the world and has consulted for companies and organisations including the World Bank, Merck, Novo Nordisk, The New York Stock Exchange, KPMG, LOREAL, Heineken, ExxonMobil, Michelin and Johnson & Johnson. Her articles on China business culture, cross-cultural leadership and managing cross-border teams have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business Manager, The Singapore Business Times and Forbes.com.She speaks regularly at conferences and management meetings around the world.

Erin Meyer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, teaching cross-cultural leadership – including two highly sought after courses Leading Across Cultures and Managing Multi-Cultural Teams. Her influential book, The Culture Map, is still the best guide to doing business across cultures, based on extensive research and packed with fascinating stories from global executives. She offers leaders and multi-cultural teams a model for multi-cultural business practice based around 8 different forms of leadership, persuasion and communication styles. Erin’s work really nails the challenges of operating across cultures, revealing in fascinating detail the differences in how each culture prefers to do business.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, one of the world’s leading international business schools as well as author, consultant, and speaker.

Expert in global teamwork, international leadership, and cross-cultural negotiations Meyer offers cutting edge insight and strategies on how to improve multi-cultural collaboration.

Her case, Leading Across Cultures at Michelin, won the ECCH 2010 European case award for best human resources management case of the year and the ECCH 2011 best selling case award.

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • Winner of the Thinkers 50 2015 Radar Award
  • Author of The Culture Map: Breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business. 2014
  • Harvard Business Review (China Myths/China Facts, January 2010)
  • Harvard Business Manager (Confucius Says, September 2009)
  • Singapore Business Times (Debunking China Myths, June 2009 as well as Managing Cross-Border Teams, November 2010)
  • Forbes.Com (The Four Keys to Success with Virtual Teams, September 2010).

Speaking Style

Highly engaging, charming, intelligent. Emphasis on the practical with usable strategies and intellectual insight.



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Thinkers50 Interview with Erin Meyer
Thinkers50 Interview with Erin Meyer
Do You Have Skills to Lead in a Global Economy?
Do You Have Skills to Lead in a Global Economy?
Low Context vs  High Context Societies
Low Context vs High Context Societies

I highly recommend this book to both the professional and leisure reader. Erin has shown herself to be one of the main representatives of the next-generation scholars who combine deep conceptual models with very practical applications. A must-read!'

Fons Trompenaars
Author of Riding the Waves of Culture

'Whether you are sitting at a desk in Boston or eating at a restaurant in Beijing, communicating across cultures is the great challenge of the global economy. Getting it right will be the difference between success and failure. Erin Meyer shows you how to get it right.'

Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer
Founders of the Thinkers50

'A blueprint for international leadership, it offers practical tips to help directors and teams separated by geography and culture to work together effectively.'

Director Magazine

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