Oscar van Weerdenburg

Expertise

A seasoned trainer, speaker and consultant specialized in the field of cross-cultural management, leadership development and negotiations.

Professional experience

Much of Oscar’s work has also been in the area of in-house learning and development to help organizations and their members successfully recognize and profit from the different corporate and national cultural background they encounter. Creating and delivering services such as in-house cross-cultural competence centers and train-the-trainer programs, he has helped to bring a higher level of understanding of cross-cultural issues in the work place and increase business performance.

Oscar has assisted numerous companies in their merger processes and has been involved in various leadership development programs, helping top managers deal with the issues arising from the integration of various European firms.

Background

Oscar is a graduate of the Amsterdam and Heidelberg universities. He has published numerous articles on intercultural management, literature and philosophy, and for many years wrote for de Volkskrant, one of the major daily newspapers in the Netherlands.

In 1992, Oscar started his collaboration with Fons Trompenaars after having worked as lecturer in the European Studies department at the University of Amsterdam. Since then he has acted as trainer and consultant to a wide range of international companies that are aware that they operate in a complex multicultural environment – including Royal Dutch Shell, HSBC, Qantas, BASF, PepsiCo, Daimler Chrysler, ABN AMRO and Goldmann Sachs.

Speaking Expertise

Oscar has held over a 1000 workshops and presentations for more than 40 multinational organizations on successfully managing cultural differences. He frequently acts as visiting professor in the Executive Education Programs of INSEAD, and has lectured at the Michigan Business Schooland the Rotterdam School of Management. Together with Fons Trompenaars he is one of the most frequently invited guest speakers on cultural issues at large international corporate conferences.

Client Feedback

“Oscar was brilliant! He was very entertaining, he was making jokes and telling stories, but at the same time he had content and a message to deliver. The comments from the audience were all praising. I’m very happy with him and I truly recommend him whenever cultural issues and negotiation skills are important.”
Eastern European Bank – International Client Conference

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    Trompenaars Hampden-Turner Consulting has decided to terminate its formal collaboration with KPMG. Having evaluated our working relationship we both concluded that a separation is in the best interest of both parties. This means that we and our holding Trompenaars Hampden-Turner Consulting B.V. will continue our consulting activities independently from KPMG. […]
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