Michael Minkov is a Professor of Cross-Cultural Awareness and Organizational Behavior at Varna University of Management (Sofia campus), Bulgaria. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the State University of Sofia (Kliment Ohridski) and an MA in linguistics, also from that university.
Minkov grew up in his native Bulgaria and spent his adolescence at the Lycee Francais de la Marsa, Tunisia. Later he studied and worked in culturally diverse countries - Iceland, Norway the Faroe Islands (Denmark), Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States - for over five years. His practical cross-cultural experiences account for his interest in the scientific study of culture.
Minkov is an academic disciple and associate of Geert Hofstede, the father of scientific cross-cultural analysis across modern nations. Some of Minkov's findings have been accepted by Hofstede as an enrichment and update of his classic model. They have recently published a number of coauthored articles as well as the third edition of Hofstede's classic Cultures and Organizations. Software of the Mind (McGraw-Hill, 2010). Minkov has also written two monographs on culture, with contributions by Hofstede: "Cultural Differences in a Globalizing World" (Emerald, 2011) and "Cross-Cultural Analysis; The Science and Art of Comparing the World's Modern Societies and Their Cultures" (Sage, 2013), as well as a number of academic articles in journals, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries.
Minkov has taught seminars at the University of Portsmouth (UK), Erasmus University, Maastricht University, and Stenden University (Netherlands), Bilgi University and Koc University (Turkey), Aarhus University (Denmark), and the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. In addition to his academic work, Minkov works as a freelance teacher and consultant in the area of cross-cultural awareness. His clients include AIMS Human Capital, Air Liquide, Avon, Alpha SOT, Heineken, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Italcementi, Lukoil, Mondi International, Nestle, NetInfo, Shared Services (Coca Cola Hellenic), SDI Group (an Italian consultancy in Tunisia), and Schneider Electric.