Erin Meyer, professor, INSEAD
Sian Harrington, September 13, 2016
Erin Meyer is a senior affiliate professor in the organisational behaviour department at INSEAD and specialises in the field of cross-cultural management, intercultural negotiations, and multi-cultural Leadership.
Meyer is also the programme director for two INSEAD executive education programmes: Managing Global Virtual Teams and Management Skills for International Business. She is also the author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business. Meyer’s work focuses on how the world’s most successful leaders navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a global environment.
Living and working in Africa, Europe, and the United States prompted Meyer Meyer’s study of the communication patterns and business systems of different parts of the world. Her framework allows international executives to pinpoint their leadership preferences, and compare their methods to the management styles of other cultures. Meyer has taught thousands of executives from 5 continents to decode cross-cultural complexities impacting their work, and to lead more effectively across these differences.
Meyer has published articles in Harvard Business Review (“Navigating the Cultural Minefield” May 2014, “When Culture Doesn’t Translate” September 2015,” Getting to Sí, Ja, Oui, Hai, and Da” December 2015), New York Times Sunday Paper (“Looking Another Culture in the Eye,” September 2014), Forbes.Com (“The Four Keys to Success with Virtual Teams,” September 2010), South China Morning Post (“Eight-Scale Tool for Mapping Cultural Differences” May 2014), The Jakarta Post (“When to Speak Up, When to Shut Up” April 2014), Times of India (“A Business Man’s Guide to Manners” September 2014) to name a few. She has been interviewed by Fareed Zakaria on CNN and by Scarlet Fu on Bloomberg Surveillance (August 2014). Her case, “Leading Across Cultures at Michelin,” won the ECCH 2010 European case award for best human resources management case of the year.
Meyer won the Thinkers 50 “Radar Award” in November 2015, an award given to one of the up and coming management thinkers most likely to impact the future thinking of business. In addition she appeared in the October 2013 edition of British Airway’s magazine Business Life on their list titled “On the Up: Ten Dons to Watch”.
Meyer's business experience includes leading multi-cultural teams as the Director of Training and Development at HBOC and as the Director of Business Operations at McKesson Corporation. In addition Meyer spent 7 years as a Country Director for Aperian Global, an internationally positioned cross-cultural management firm. Other experience includes running a training organization for Asian immigrants in the United States and teaching English students in Botswana. Her clients include companies such as TNT, NovoNordisk, L’OREAL, Johnson & Johnson, Michelin and KPMG.