This activity is often related to organizational changes.
In many cases, it is important to have an external catalyst, an outside expert with experience and skills in change management, to assist the organization in achieving its goals. This person is brought in temporarily to guide the company through the transformation.
The goal is for the organization to reach a higher, more efficient level of operation during the process, and the interim manager can hand over the reins to an internally prepared leader or a newly arrived executive who is ready for the changed structure.
One advantage is that in a crisis situation, an interim manager can be ready to fill a vacant position in a matter of days, while a senior executive selection process can take months, often more than six months. In addition, deploying an interim manager ensures that the management remains operational and productive until a permanent solution is found, and the company defines the desired requirements and frameworks that the new senior executive must meet for the sake of development.
The interim is more than an external consultant because they become more immersed in the organization’s affairs while assessing the situation and determining the action plan.