The Seven Dimensions of Culture
Understanding and Managing Cultural Differences
The Seven Dimensions of Culture were identified by management consultants Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner, and the model was published in their 1997 book, “Riding the Waves of Culture.”
What distinguishes one culture from another?
Many of us work routinely with people from other cultures and backgrounds.
Often this goes well, and the cultural differences are interesting and enriching. However, sometimes things go wrong, for reasons that we may not understand.
This is where it’s important to understand the differences between cultures, so that we can work with people more effectively, and prevent misunderstandings.