Erin Meyer


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Erin Meyer is an American author and professor at INSEAD Business School, based in Paris. She is most known for writing the 2014 book, The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business, a study that analyzes how national cultural differences impact business. She is also known for co-authoring the book with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, which became a New York Times best seller in October 2020.

Meyer is a professor of management practice in the Organizational Behavior department at INSEAD, an international business school with campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. She regularly speaks about cross-cultural management and global teamwork. Meyer's interest in cross-cultural management dates back to her years as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English in Botswana. Later, she worked in HR as a director at McKesson, then at HBOC and Aperian Global. 

She teaches cross-cultural management at INSEAD, where she is the program director for the Leading Across Borders and Cultures program and lectures internationally. For nearly two decades, she has studied how people in different parts of the world build trust, communicate, make decisions, and perceive situations differently, especially in the workplace. She is also a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review. In 2017 and again in 2019, she was selected by Thinkers50 as one of the world's most influential business thinkers.

Meyer wrote her first book, The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business, in 2014. This book represents her cooperative research data from over thirty different countries. In the book, she provides a framework for evaluating different cultures and then offers strategies for improving international success. She has identified eight dimensions that capture most differences within and among cultures. Using this method, Meyer has also developed a self-assessment tool for Harvard Business Review, which helps see where one falls on each of the eight scales.

Meyer's second book resulted from a collaboration with Reed Hastings, chairman and CEO of Netflix. This book, which the two co-authored, seeks to explain how the corporate culture at Netflix has enabled its speed, innovation, and flexibility. It is written as a handbook, providing both practical advice and steps leaders of other teams or organizations can adopt to develop a highly innovative work environment. No Rules Rules was shortlisted for the FT McKinsey best book of 2020 and nominated for an Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award (Management and Culture).

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No Rules Rules