IMO, Institute for Human and Organizational Development, (originally Dutch: Instituut voor Mens- en Organisatieontwikkeling) introduces horizontal leadership and horizontal organizing. We support people in organizations to do that. They take steps in their development and they take responsibility for the development of their organization out of a living impulse for freedom. Watch some videos about IMO to learn more.

That is because

People want to realize their impulse with each other and with their clients in common respect. They do this in the light of the whole and they do this in a space of freedom, out of a personal initiative and not impelled by a forcing concept.
As IMO colleagues we connect ourselves to the final responsible person of the client organization and work together with all those who have a personal need and are searching for the next development step of their organization.

Our approach

We work in a horizontal way with warmth, movement, creating sense. We share our love for our client and his organization, we take initiatives. Total commitment and mobilizing the will is our strength. We start from the development potential. We not only develop knowledge but we also participate fully in the development process of our client organization. We do this in various countries, bringing in a broad international network.

Our background

Our background can be characterized as follows: We have entrepreneurial experience, we are people oriented and include all interested parties, we are a group of various specialists who want to see the whole, we take time for reflection and personal development. Our observation is that the individual can develop himself when (s)he lives with a question.


Adriaan Bekman founded IMO in 2005. His idea was to build an organization that should be fully horizontal with only a few vertical elements. We have no office building, not a functional organization, no employee conditions, no fixed strategy, rules and regulations. We have clear processes of working and developing together. Each member is an IMO entrepreneur, independent and responsible for his/her business. We concentrate on the client work and on the methodology development. There is an IMO Foundation in the Netherlands that protects the name and the logo, the IMO website and the methodology.
IMO colleagues work together in country groups. They meet with all colleagues once a year for 5 days in an IMO country. They organize meetings with clients and their network.

All leaders of the country groups are member of the IMO International board and Jutta Hodapp is leading this team. This team takes care for the consistency of the international IMO community. Members of the board:

 Jutta Hodapp

Klaas IJkema

 Klaas IJkema

 Josefina Morandin

 Hilmar Dahlem

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 Erica Rizziato

 Ronen Hahn

 Joachim Heinz

 Hans-Peter Ulli

China flag Huiqin Ma

 Tertta Paananen

Teodore Varvare

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IMO is a legal Foundation based in the Netherlands
E-mail address:
[email protected]
Post address:
Veldoven 26
3961 EV Wijk bij Duurstede
The Netherlands

The IMO Foundation has a three person Board:
the IMO International leader,  a person responsibe for finances and
network and another country team leader.
The IMO name and IMO Logo belong to the IMO Foundation.
The IMO websites (domainnames and hosting) belong to the IMO Foundation.
The IMO foundation organizes a yearly IMO Client Network Conference.

The Mission of IMO is connected to the Bernard Lievegoed Impulse, a pioneer in the field of human and organization development.

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