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A.M.R. Trompenaars

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1988 …2016
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Fons Trompenaars studied Economics at the VU University Amsterdam and later earned a Ph.D. from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation on differences in conceptions of organizational structure in various cultures. He experienced cultural differences firsthand at home, where he grew up speaking both French and Dutch, and then later at work with Shell in nine countries.

Fons joined Shell in 1981 and moved into the Personnel Division for Shell in Rotterdam. From 1985, he worked in job classification and management development at the Shell Research Laboratories in Amsterdam. In 1989 he founded the Centre for International Business Studies, a consulting and training organization for international management. Since 1998 we operate as Trompenaars Hampden-Turner.

Fons Trompenaars has worked as a consultant for Shell, BP, ICI, Philips, Heineken, TRW, Mars, Motorola, General Motors, Nike, Cable and Wireless, CSM and Merrill Lynch.

Fons wrote Riding the Waves of Cultureempty, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business. This book sold over 120,000 copies and was translated into French, German, Dutch, Korean, Danish, Turkish, Chinese, Hungarian and Portuguese. He is co-author of Seven Cultures of Capitalism, Building Cross-Cultural Competence and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century with Charles Hampden-Turner. Recently he published Riding the Whirlwind, a dynamic new take on creativity and innovation.

In 1991 Fons was awarded the International Professional Practice Area Research Award by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). He was mentioned as one of the top 5 management consultants, next to Michael Porter, Tom Peters and Edward de Bono in a leading Business magazine in August 1999.

In 1994 the translation of his book Riding the Waves of Culture was awarded "Book of the Year" by the Order of Experts and Consultants on Organization (OOA), a Dutch management organization.

Ancillary activities

  • KPMG | Amstelveen | Partner Advieswerk MC-people and Change | 2015-02-01 - present

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Research Output 1988 2016

Rewarding performance globally: Reconciling the global-local dilemma

Trompenaars, F. & Greene, R. J., 1 Jan 2016, Taylor and Francis. 167 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Cross-cultural management
Multinational organizations
Human resource management
Performance management systems
Competitive environment

Riding the Waves of Culture. Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business (3rd ed)

Trompenaars, A. M. R. & Hampden-Turner, C., 2012, London: Sonoma/Nicolas Brealey Publishing Ltd. 274 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBookProfessional

Lost in Translation: ignorance of differing cultural reactions to failure can stunt your company’s growth

Trompenaars, A. M. R. & Woolliams, P., 2011, In : Harvard Business Review. 2011, April

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Leading for sustainability

Trompenaars, A. M. R. & Wooliams, P., 2010, The AMA Handbook of Leadership. Goldsmith, M., Baldoni, J. & McArthur, S. (eds.). New York: AMACOM

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional