Difference Interim Management Versus Temporary Management


Many will note that a large group is lacking in our cited list of types of executive interim management, namely functional interim management (also called operational interim management and (very confusing) project interim management). But we prefer to talk about professional temporary management.

Of course, this is somewhat arbitrary because it always involves a composition of executive interim management and professional temporary management components, in which one of the two has the upper hand.

So what is executive interim management and what is professional temporary management? To clarify the way in which we make the difference in executive interim management and professional temporary management, see the comparison below.

Image: Executive interim management versus professional / operational temporary management.
Characteristics interim management
C-level interim management executives for daily operational management, forward-looking (restructuring) advice and the implementation of major changes and improvements.
• 1st or c-level directors
• change and improvement driven
• impact on the entire organisation
• operational management, advice and implementation
• solving problems
• agreed final results/goals (outcomes)
• urgency and high risk
• principle/process supervision management (by interim management agency)
• action plan and status consultation
• optional additional expertise

Characteristics temporary management
Fulfilling a temporary management function, mainly based on professional knowledge (profession driven) and is therefore primarily focused on one subject discipline or organisational department and it will be operational management or an implementation (almost never both) with less emphasis on the advice / consulting activities.
• 2nd and 3rd level managers
• profession driven
• department activity
• operational or implementation of an (mostly by other prepared) advice
• job contractor
• fulfil task description
• manageable, less urgent, lower risk
• account management of interim management agency
• monitor customer satisfaction
• no need for additional expertise, expertise is the temporary manager