Managing Partner, the hofstede centre
Bob Waisfisz, born in 1942 in The Hague, the Netherlands, is an economist who has worked for the ILO, a UN organization and for industry. As a child he lived in Indonesia and after having finished his studies, he worked some years in Turkey and Lebanon. Since 1969 he travels extensively and his work has taken him to over 90 countries.
As Director of a Postgraduate Management Training Institute associated in those days with the Technical University of Delft, he gained detailed knowledge of management styles in all their variety. Being very much an entrepreneur, he has established many different organisations and companies. He has also undertaken many missions and assignments around the world in such areas as crisis management, evaluations, inspections and change management.
Bob is the founder of itim International in 1985 and the hofstede centre, which both have been taken over by FeedbackDialog.
Starting around twenty five years ago he has developed quick scans to measure actual and desired cultures of organizations, based on additional research conducted by Geert Hofstede in the 1980's. Moreover, he has developed fully integrated tool kit to assist management consultants to help their clients in meeting their objectives in the best possible way.
Bob very much likes, despite his age, speed skating-his Dutch self, skiing his -mountainous, non-Dutch self, swimming and fitness. He also likes playing the piano, landscaping and gardening, drawing and reading. As he also enjoys the social side of life, he sometimes feels bewildered and wonders whether one life is sufficient and whether reincarnation is not a sweet way to cope with too many predilections.