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 100.000 managers, helps explain how people in different national cultures interact with each other in general and in business.

Editor’s Note: a very good interview covering some interesting topics.

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