A Dutch organizational theorist known all over the world for his work as consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of many books on the subject of culture and business. He has spent over 25 years helping Fortune 500 leaders and professionals manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalization, mergers and acquisition, HR and leadership development.
Most recently, he has co-authored Nine Visions of Capitalism: Unlocking the Meanings of Wealth Creation, Servant Leadership Across Cultures, M&A Tango on Mergers and Acquisitions and Rewarding Performance Globally.
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 Chinese, Estonian, French, Dutch, German, Hungarian Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish.
He is the co-author of ‘Seven Cultures of Capitalism, Building Cross-Cultural Competence’ and ’21 Leaders for the 21st Century’ with Charles Hampden-Turner and ‘Riding the Whirlwind’, a dynamic new take on creativity and innovation.
He published 100+Management Models with Piet Hein Coebergh (2014). Fons has co-written an article with Peter Woolliams entitled “Lost in Translation” regarding culture and failure, which was published in the April 2011 online issue of the Harvard Business Review. Most recently, he has co-authored Nine Visions of Capitalism: Unlocking the Meanings of Wealth Creation, Servant Leadership Across Cultures, M&A Tango on Mergers and Acquisitions and Rewarding Performance Globally.
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.
'Fons Trompenaars was absolutely great! Audience enjopyed both his content and sense of humour. Fons delivered his 'Riding the waves of culture keynote' focussing on how cultural differences often lead to misunderstandings between people, but also how to seize the opportunities that diversity brings to organizations, and the world'. June 2023
'Fons Trompenaars topped all the keynote speakers we ever had – 4.5 on a total of 5, this is extremely high. And he is indeed such a lovely man to work with.'