IMO Academy

IMO Academy

study horizontal leadership

The IMO Academy is an online learning platform for topics that are important in IMO like leadership, organizational development, community building, sense making. You will find these themes both on a theoretical and a practical level. A good start is to become a member of the Academy network of people who want to know more about IMO. After your membership registration and confirmation you can study literature, take courses, start a research project, join discussions groups, share documents, etc. The Academy is in a permanent development to provide interesting material.

Learning Programs

At the moment there are two courses, IMO Basics and IMO Finance, available for everyone to study. The IMO Basics course is a prerequisite for other courses of IMO that will become available on this page soon. The IMO Finance course is free of charge and is an ongoing series blogposts.

Research Network

The IMO Academy support research projects related to the key issues in organization development like: leadership, sensemaking and community. The approach of research is based on the 'methodology of the evidential'. This means a focus on action-research. Every research project is embedded in a group of participants in which the progress of the research can be communicated by using a forum. People can be invited to join the group. As soon as you register yourself and your registration has been approved you can enter the community part of the website.

Research projects, in which people work together, can be found on the IMO Online Network.  There you can register and become member of a research group. When you already have an account for the IMO Academy you have to register for the this Network again. But of course you can use the same credentials.


Klaas  IJkema

Klaas IJkema

Klaas IJkema started the IMO Academy in 2016 as a result of experiencing the power of blended learning in Finland. This is about a combination of learning from online available materials, doing personal research activities and several moments of reflection in dialogue with an IMO consultant. Klaas is totally committed to make this kind of learning accessible for people all over the world, wherever they are and whenever they have time.

His passion is to research the soul of language as an expression of how people find ways to leadership in their communication with the organized world that surrounds them. More information about Klaas is on the IMO website.

Adriaan Bekman

Adriaan Bekman is the founder of IMO and contributed a lot of ideas, stories, models, publication, presentations. It is his strong desire to build the possibility of schooling  the IMO approach for people all over the world. It is about a new perspective on leadership and organization development, fit for the coming centuries. The Academy will support this movement.

Adriaan wrote a philosophy of the organized life, originally in the Dutch language but already translated and published into English and German. There is a lot to read from this productive author. More information about Adriaan can be found on the IMO website.

Adriaan Bekman