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OEB speaker Fons Trompenaars

Fons Trompenaars

Organisational theorist and Author, Trompenaars-Hampden-Turner Consulting, Netherlands

Dr Fons Trompenaars is a Dutch organisational theorist recognised around world for his work as consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of various books on all subjects of culture and business.

He has spent over 30 years helping Fortune 500 leaders manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalisation, mergers and acquisition, HR and leadership development.

Listed regularly one of the most influential management thinkers alive and inducted into the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame in 2017 as one of the world’s most influential, living, management thinkers, he has been awarded the International Professional Practice Area Research Award by the American Society for Training and Development. Fons was voted one of the top 20 HR Most Influential International Thinkers 2011 by HR Magazine. He is also ranked in the Thinkers 50 2011 2013 and 2015 He was inducted into the Thinker 50 Hall of Fame in 2017.

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 Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business This book sold over 120 000 copies and was translated into 16 languages amongst them, French, German, Dutch, Korean, Danish, Turkish, Chinese, Hungarian and Portuguese and it is in its 4th edition. He is co author amongst others of Nine Visions of Capitalism Unlocking the Meanings of Wealth Creation and Rewarding Performance Globally.