Germany’s pioneer among the interim management providers since 1979
Development of the first interim management provider AC AlphaManagement GmbH in Germany.
Interim management is “by clear objectives from the outset temporary perception of management functions” (Interim Management Rent A Head by Kirsten Frank, Verlag Heinrich Sadler 1995, 1st Standart work on the subject). The interim manager assumes leadership without hierarchical power. He analyzes the situation found in the company and begins to implement what was recognized as necessary in the very first days of operation. The focus of his change management activities is on implementation.
This has not changed in the last 40 years. As Alpha Consulting started on July 1, 1979 in Frankfurt am Main, the idea of the founders was to build an industry consulting firm with independent experienced managers. Already in the first months the customers said, “the managers should also implement their ideas, they know how to do it”.
The founders called this area of activity from now on AlphaManagement. At that time they were not aware that they founded the first interim management provider in Germany (see Kirsten Frank pages 8,12,13). They startet building the AlphaManagement Pool® with more than 1,000 self-employed interim managers and experts in the early 1990s.
In 1998, the Financial Times published a groundbreaking book on “The Interim Manager, a new career model for the experienced manager”. When asked why the interim managers and customers should engage an interim management provider, the answer was: “Intermediary provides the added value of risk minimization through their selection procedure”, (see page 123). This has not changed in the last 20 years.
Bodo Blanke started his cooperation with AlphaManagement 1998, first as a customer, then as an interim manager, now as a managing director and shareholder. The interim management provider understands the business situation of his customer and with his experience he selects the right manager from more than 20,000 interim managers working in the GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) area.
What has changed in the work of the interim management provider?
Meanwhile, the data of the interim managers are public and there are about 100 providers for interim management services. Customer and interim managers must choose the provider they trust. A very good selection with quality providers can be found at the German association of providers (AIMP.de).
Bodo Blanke is actively involved in the development of the association. He leads amongst other things the jury for the award of the Interim Manager of the Year. Last but not least, these excellent examples have made top managers decide to work as interim managers. They now take it as a job. Finally, the Interim Management has become global.
Bodo Blanke co-founded SeniorManagementWorldwide 15 years ago, today with 18 partners one of the largest Interim Management Provider alliances in the world. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of AC AlphaManagement GmbH, Bodo Blanke publishes on this page and on LinkedIn 40 exciting cases and stories about all company functions, sometimes dramatic, but always complex situations in the automotive industry, mechanical and plant engineering, electronics, chemicals, etc., very often cross border, which are all true, but not mentioning the protagonist to maintain confidentiality.