Fons Trompenaars
Guest speaker

Fons Trompenaars

Authority on Leadership and Cultural Diversity
Fons Trompenaars is the Founder and Director of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner, an intercultural management firm. Known world-wide for his work on the subject of culture and business transformation, he helps Fortune 500 companies solve their business and cultural dilemmas and increase global effectiveness and performance. Listed regularly as one of the world's most influential, living, management thinkers, Fons has been awarded the International Professional Practice Area Research Award by the American Society for Training and Development. He was voted one of the top 20 HR Most Influential International Thinkers 2011 by HR Magazine. He is also ranked in the Thinkers50 2011, 2013 and 2015 as being one of the most influential management thinkers alive. Fons was inducted in the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2017 which salutes distinguished Management Thinkers and their contributions. He studied Economics at the Free University of Amsterdam and earned a Ph.D. from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Having developed a model to analyse cultural differences, the so-called "Seven Dimensions of Culture Model", he shows how managing complexity in a heterogeneous environment is a major challenge for today's international managers and corporate leaders as well as a critical component of long term success. He explains how reconciling cultural differences will lead to competitive advantage. Fons presents in an entertaining, thought-provoking way and gives interactive introductions into a topic with the aid of examples and best practices that relate to the audience's daily work situation and its implications globally.
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Sunday, 03 November, 2019 04:45 PM|Sunday, 03 November, 2019 05:30 PM
Industry Closing Keynote: Creating a Culture of Innovation

Innovation is the end result of inclusion, diversity, and good leadership… if you lack one of these three points, you’re not innovative. Boards and management are reflecting on the culture and sub-cultures of their organisations more than ever before. They are assessing whether issues exist, their underlying causes and what actions can be taken to evolve their culture, including protecting those critical features that have served them well. Forward thinking leaders have identified that a culture that supports innovation can be a differentiator when competing for customers and talent. Whilst many organizations recognize the importance of digitization, most are struggling to achieve and deliver the business benefits. In today’s fast-paced world driven by digital and social - best practice for digitalization involves not abandoning history and throwing away established core business and totally transferring to a new IT way of doing business, but combining the strengths of both. Research evidence from our consulting practice reveals that leaders and managers find themselves up against a number of key dilemmas when seeking to digitize. By confronting these dilemmas and seeking effective reconciliations between their competing demands, organizations can embed new solutions that synergize older traditional business with the new worlds of IT. The more we go digital, the more we need analogue

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