Historical Origin

The Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI) is a subvented Agency under the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR). The Institute was established on 26th October, 1967 under a joint Ghana Government, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Project. The MDPI replaced its forerunner, the National Productivity Centre (NPC) which had been established in June 1964 as part of the then Planning Commission. Legislative Instrument (LI) 1077 of 2nd July 1976 incorporated the MDPI as a parastatal. The Institute was formally handed over to the Ghana Government by the UNDP and ILO in 1977 when the joint sponsorship ended.

Mission Statement

The Management Development and Productivity Institute exists to promote increased productivity, in both public and private organizations, to contribute to the sustainable growth of the economy.
It achieves this through Productivity Improvement Activities, Management Development Programs and dissemination of information through Research and Publications.


A market leader in the development of productivity improvement strategies and the promotion of best management practices.

Corporate Values

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Cooperation
  • Respect


The three main objectives of MDPI:

  1. To promote increased productivity in the agricultural, industry and service sectors of the economy;
  2. To introduce suitable management practices and techniques to our clients;
  3. To improve and develop the standard of management in all aspects at all levels of organisations.


The functional areas of the Institute are:

  • Management Training and Development
  • Management Consultancy and Advisory Services
  • Business and Management Research Services
  • Productivity Studies and Performance Improvement Techniques


There are four technical departments, namely:

  • General Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management & Management Information Systems
  • Industrial Engineering & Productivity
  1. Management Training and Development

The four departments organize various courses each year.  These are listed in the annual Management Training Programme (MTP).  The training is in two forms:

  • Regular Training

This form of training is supply-driven.  Participants are drawn from different organisations who enroll in courses that they find beneficial to them and their organisations.  The courses are designed based on the identified needs of client organisations in our target market.

  • In-Plant/Customized and Project-Related Training

This form of training is demand-driven.  The clients identify the training needs of their staff (and most of the time with the assistance of MDPI) and request for specific courses to meet those needs.  The courses are developed and designed with a lot of inputs from the clients.  This type of training is very flexible in that it is organized at the convenience of the client – in terms of where, when and how.

2. Management Consultancy and Advisory Services

Our consultancy and advisory services cover the following areas:

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Business Plans/Corporate Strategic Plan
  • Organizational Restructuring and Re-organisation
  • Performance Management System
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational System Review and Development:
    • Organizational Structure
    • Scheme of Service
    • Job Description
    • Conditions of Service and Administrative Manual
  • Design and Installation of Accounting Systems and Manuals
  • Management Audit
  • Records Management and Communication Policy
  • Wages and Salaries Administration
  • Employee Recruitment, Selection and Orientation of new Hires in organizations, etc.

3.  Business and Management Research Services

The areas of the business and management research cover the following functional areas of organizations:

  • General Management and Organizational Behaviour
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Management Accounting and Financial Management
  • Management Information Systems; and
  • Productivity Improvement Techniques.

4. Productivity Studies and Performance Improvement Techniques:

The MDPI, by Legislative Instrument (1077), 1977 is mandated to undertake productivity study in key sectors of the Ghanaian economy aimed at generating evidence-based productivity indicators to facilitate decision making process.  This is to enhance productivity and competitiveness at enterprise, industry (sectoral), national and international level.


The MDPI’s clients are drawn from Ghana and the West African sub-region including The Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea.