Fons Trompenaars Interview

Fons Trompenaars is one of the world’s leading experts on cross-cultural communication and international management. Together with long-time collaborator Charles Hampden-Turner, Trompenaars developed a model of national cultures based on seven dimensions: universalism vs. particularism; individualism vs. collectivism; neutral vs. emotional; specific vs. diffuse; achievement vs. ascription; sequential vs. synchronic; and internal vs. external control.

The model, developed after extensive research across over 60 cultures and … [ Read more ]

Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Diversity in Global Business

With over 50,000 copies sold in its first edition, Riding the Waves of Culture dispelled the idea that there is only one way to manage, and was the first book to show professional managers how to build the cross-cultural skills, sensitivity, and awareness required in today’s global business environment. In this second edition, Fons Trompenaars and co-author Charles Hampden-Turner reveal the seven key dimensions of … [ Read more ]

Building Cross-Cultural Competence: How to Create Wealth from Conflicting Values

Management-trend-watcher Stuart Crainer (author of The 75 Greatest Management Decisions Ever Made, 1999) has called Trompenaars one of the “new gurus.” Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner, a British management researcher, are partners in an Amsterdam-based consulting firm that specializes in cross-cultural management and training. They are also authors of The Seven Cultures of Capitalism (1993) and Riding the Waves of Culture (1994). These two books were among … [ Read more ]