Dr. Ko Achterberg RA (1949) has been a management consultant for 35 years. Besides that, he has been a professor at the Free University of Amsterdam and teacher at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (postmaster controller training). He has completed studies in business succession, tax law and accountancy. Then he was promoted to the topic of Information Management. He has been, inter alia, a partner at several consultancies.
Making connections that have practical meaning
His passion is making conceptually thoughtful connections that have practical meaning. Those compounds start with practical and simple questions such as:
- What is the impact of recent developments (eg. BI & IT trends) on my strategy?
- How do I address my processes so that they contribute actively to the chosen strategy?
- What does that mean for the structure of the organization?
These questions can be decomposed into logical consecutive sub-questions that lead to answers, choices, decisions and implementations that are thought out and have proven their success.
The link between process control and responsibility
His consulting assignments take place in the interface between strategy and matching operational structure:
- designing, improving and establishing business processes including related labor organization and IT;
- business processes and establishment of a matching administrative organization (reliable operational support information processes).
It helps managers to implement processes and process control with PDCA cycles that meet the organizational levels of responsibility. He has developed workshops and training sessions for management teams, for process consultants and information designers for this purpose. He also advises organizations in both the public and private sectors about their operational structure (process management, operations management).
The simplicity of complex issues
His approach is best characterized by the following customer statement: “Ko connects complex issues of business operations and realization thereof in trial deployments in the simplest and transparent manner which makes you think ‘couldn’t I come up with that myself?’ No, you wouldn’t be able to, because there is a lifetime of accumulated intelligence behind this process where a layman does not immediately have access to. “In particular, recent IT trends such as Cloud Computing, Apps & Byods and BI & KPIs create new strategic business opportunities and new business models.
Author of leading books
It requires an integrated, coherent and structured approach to achieve vision and phasing of the establishment of the business chain. He wrote some books and several articles about this. So Ko is the author of leading books in the field of process design and process architecture like ‘Grip on processes in organizations; Analyzing, designing and setting up business’ and ‘Process Architecture as a change instrument; achieve strategic goals with business.’
Ko is in addition to his work as an organizational consultant also active as a teacher at the Jungian Institute. For him, work is connected to self-realization, a lifelong individuation process that helps to find inspiration in your work. He connects if it is needed, breaking out activities to tasks and functions to develop its intellectual and social skills. For example, a synthesis (win / win) can arise between organizational objectives and personal development goals.