THE KIRKMAN COMPANY STORY
Kirkman Company is a management consulting firm ensuring successful transformations of public and private organizations deploying expertise in the areas of New Economy, Procurement & Partnerships, HR & Change, Strategic (Out) sourcing, Customer Excellence and Digital Transformation. They were founded in 2000 by three college friends and have grown rapidly including several notable spin off companies. Kirkman is B Corp certified, strategic partner of B Lab Europe and thereby part of an international network of organizations that, besides profit, also strive for a high standard for social and ecological impact, accountability and transparency. It was the company philosophy to give their co-workers the professional freedom they need to drive outcomes when working with clients. Granting more responsibility and providing them with the information they need to make decision – also in the planning and profitability of projects – is very different from many traditional consulting firms. It was this need for enabling Professionals that lead them to VOGSY.
Company manages on a yearly basis around 100 projects for large corporates with their 75+ consultants. Ivar Davids, Co-founder and Managing Partner, wanted one system that would track all of the moving pieces while having the flexibility to allow their consultants to make many of their own decisions. But at the same time the back-office needed to have guidelines and some basic controls to ensure business integrity and continuity. “We need to give our team freedom to maneuver, to be on the track to desired outcomes in a changing environment. At the same time, we need to be sure that our clients’ goals are safeguarded and our own governance standards are met” Ivar Davids explained. ”It is similar with our company philosophy. Our people need access to all relevant info so they can make good and informed decisions, but not everyone should have the ability to manipulate the data so we can maintain the integrity of our business”.
Find out how VOGSY and Kirkman Company tackled these challenges in this case study!