Our Story

How it all started

The company

The company was founded in 1985 by Fons Trompenaars and co-founder Charles Hampden-Turner, who is one of the most original thought leaders on the topic of reconciling cultural dilemmas. Today, we work with a team of experts from different consulting fields to ensure a comprehensive solution to our clients.

Trompenaars Hampden-Turner is a world class research-driven consulting firm that operates as a center of excellence from various locations around the world. We have unique ways to help individuals improve their intercultural competence, help teams to improve their performance by connecting different points of view, and organizations to increase their effectiveness.

We start with business and make the link to culture, because culture provides the context within which people in organizations interact with one another and the world surrounding them. Therefore, we work with all business implications of culture. These may be part of an organization’s globalization process, integration strategies, corporate identity, international change management, innovation, leadership, managing diversity or the ‘roll-out’ of building cross-cultural competencies. We make the business and people aspects of culture tangible and measurable using a wide range of well-proven instruments underpinned by our extensive research.

Our approach

Trompenaars Hampden-Turner works to perfect the integration between human (values, attitudes and potentials) and organizational factors (structures, systems and processes).

Problems often arise from differences in national, organizational, functional, disciplinary and cultural orientations that play a central role in the sustainable growth and performance of every organization. We help people and organizations from different cultures and with diverse viewpoints work together to become more sustainable, its people more effective and its stakeholders more satisfied.

Organizations need stability and growth, long-term and short-term decisions, tradition and innovation, planning and laissez-faire. The challenge is to integrate these opposites, not to select one at the expense of the other. You have to inspire as well as listen, to make decisions yourself but also delegate and you need to centralize your organization around local responsibilities. Our work is unique in that our focus has been to extend and apply our research on culture to giving much more attention to the reconciliation of differences rather than simply the identification of these differences. We have accumulated a significant body of evidence showing that reconciling values makes business more effective.

This approach is common to all our services, whether provided through speaking events, training, issue consulting or longer-term consulting projects. Depending on the needs of individuals, teams or the organization as a whole, the focus can be on any one or all the above steps.

Our core values

Inspiring & Active

We successfully inspire ourselves and our clients by leading them to action.

Innovative & Memerious

We successfully innovate by looking at where we are coming from.

Passionate & Rational

We successfully work passionately by making rational and logical decisions.

Effective & Efficient

We successfully deliver quality work by working in an efficient manner.

Our Team

Fons Trompenaars

Founder and Director

Fons is recognized around the world as a culture expert, motivational speaker, and author of various books on all subjects of culture and business

Phyllis Stewart

Head of Operations

Phyllis expertly manages all service processes and client relations

Lucas de Jong de Abril

Head of Technology and Innovation

Lucas is leading the digital transformation of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner

We would love to hear from you

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