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Fons Trompenaars

The original cultural difference thinker

Fons Trompenaars Biography

World leader in understanding cultural difference, his seminal book Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business put culture in business on the map.

Fons is an accomplished business motivational speaker and is both lively and amusing on the subject of cultural stereotypes and how we can get beyond them. His Seven Dimensions of Culture is the leading model for managers and negotiators wanting to work more effectively with people of different nationalities. Anyone who has ever led a multi cultural team knows why they need to hear what Fons has to share. Invaluable insight to smooth negotiations in globalisation, mergers and acquisition, HR and leadership development.

Awards, accolades, achievements, honours

  • One of the Thinkers 50 group of influential management thinkers
  • One of HR Magazines top 20 Most Influential International Thinkers 2011
  • Shortlisted for the T50 Global Village Award for contribution to the understanding of globalization and emerging markets in 2011
  • International Professional Practice Area Research Award from the American Society for Training and Development


Trompenaars joined Shell in 1981 and worked in 9 different countries. In 1985, he founded Trompenaars Hampden-Turner consultancy with British expert Charles Hampden-Turner. He created a cross-cultural database of 70,000 managers worldwide, resulting in best selling books Riding the Waves of Culture, currently in its 3rd edition, Building Cross-Cultural Competence and Mastering the Infinite Game: How Asian Values are Transforming Business Practices.

Trompenaars work now goes beyond merely understanding cultural difference to describe ways in which smart leaders can gain advantage from it. In 21 Leaders for the 21st Century he redefines our idea of leadership to include the ability to resolve competing cultural dilemmas.

Trompenaars Hampden-Turner has advised leading corporations, including Shell and BP, Heineken, Philips, Nike and General Motors.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

Consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author, Trompenaars is one of the world’s most influential management thinkers. As founder and director of intercultural management firm Trompenaars Hampden-Turner (THT) he has over 25 years experience helping leaders manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas.

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Testimonials for Fons Trompenaars

Testimonial for Riding the Waves of Culture: “A must-read for all international/intercultural managers…a powerful pioneering work that has gained the respect of corporate leaders around the world.”

David Wigglesworth

Sietar International

Testimonial for Riding the Waves of Culture: “Riding the Waves of Culture is the guide to managing effectively in diverse countries and cultures”

Napier Collins

Global Business Network

Testimonial for Riding the Waves of Culture: “Great work. This…book offers the roadmap to solve the dilemmas of cross-cultural management in the 21st century, not only for the West bust also for the East.”

Dr. Jae Ho Park

Professor of Psychology, Yeungnam University, Koreav

Fons Trompenaars‘s Topics

Managing across Cultures

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A new paradigm of Entrepreneurship to revitalize business from the Credit Crunch

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Creativity and Innovation

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Leadership for the 21st Century

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The Management of Strategic Dilemmas

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International Teambuilding and Remote Management

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Multicultural Management

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Cultural due-diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

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