Geert Hofstede’s Biography

1928 Geert Hofstede born in Haarlem, the Netherlands as Gerard Hendrik Hofstede
1932-45 Schools in The Hague and Apeldoorn. Diploma Gymnasium Beta
1945-47 Technical College (HTS); one year of internships, including a voyage to Indonesia as an assistant ship's engineer
1947-53 Delft Technical University. Diploma (M.Sc.) Mechanical Engineering
1953-55 Military service: technical officer Dutch army
1955 Worked incognito as a factory hand in Amsterdam
1955-65 Professional and managerial jobs in 3 Dutch industrial companies
1964-67 Part-time doctoral study at Groningen University. Doctor of Social Science (Ph.D.; cum laude). Thesis: "The Game of Budget Control"
1965-71 Founded and managed the Personnel Research Department of IBM Europe
1971-73 Visiting lecturer of Organizational Behavior, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland
1973-79 Professor of Management, EIASM (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management), Brussels, Belgium
1973-79 Visiting Professor of Management, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France
1980-93 Co-founder and first Director, IRIC (Institute for Research on Intercultural Cooperation), the Netherlands
1980-83 Director of Human Resources, Fasson Europe, Leiden, the Netherlands
1983-86 Dean, Semafor Senior Management Program, Arnhem, the Netherlands
1985-93 Professor of Organizational Anthropology and International Management, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
1993 Professor Emeritus
1992-2000 Honorary Professor, University of Hong Kong
1993-2004 Senior Fellow, IRIC
1995-2010 Extramural Fellow, CentER for Economic Research, University of Tilburg


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