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MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTIVITY INSTITUTE IN BRIEF

       

       

ESTABLISHMENT:

 

The Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI) was established on 26th of 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 1st July, 1976 incorporated the Management Development and Productivity Institute 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 (MDPI) exists to promote increased productivity in both public and private organizations, primarily in Ghana, to enable them contribute to the growth of the economy on a sustainable basis.

 

It achieves this through “Productivity Improvement Activities”, “Management Development Programs”, and “Research and Publications and their Dissemination”, using a team of highly motivated staff with varied industrial and professional experience.

 

VISION:

 

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

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

The three main objectives of the MDPI are as follows:

 

(a)   To embark upon practical aspects of training and problem solving with a view to building up managerial capacity and promoting increased Productivity;

 

(b)   To offer Consultancy Services to improve Organizational efficiency and effectiveness; and

 

(c)   To conduct macro-micro economic studies, enquiries and research to determine suitable management techniques and practices to improve and develop the standard of management in all aspects.

 

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POLICIES:

                                                               

The general guides to the attainment of the set objectives are:

 

(a)   Employing the most effective and efficient strategies, methods, skills and practices in the provision of quality and efficient services;

 

(b)   Aiming at excellence in service delivery in its fields of operations by keeping abreast with the latest technologies;

 

(c)   Seeking to employ and retain quality staff through further training and appropriate motivation; and

 

(d)   Ensuring institutional growth and development and attainment of objectives for the benefit of the Ghanaian economy.

 

 

STRATEGIES:

 

Strategies to be employed in consonant with our policies are:

 

(a)   Developing the management training, consultancy and research activities in a 60 :40 ratio to ensure balanced skills development;

 

(b)   Continuously designing and improving the training programmes to respond to current training needs of organisations;

 

(c)   Providing research-based consultancy services tailored to the needs of individual organisations; and

 

(d)   Consistently improving the training methods and facilities to meet       modern technological advancement.

 

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FUNCTIONS:

 

The main functions of the Institute are the following:

 

(a)   Organising management training programmes, conferences, workshops and seminars for personnel from all sectors of industry and commerce in various fields - including General Management, Financial Management, Industrial Engineering, Project Management, Marketing Management, Transport Management, Agricultural Marketing Management, Maintenance Management, Small-Scale Enterprises Management, Construction Business Management; and CIT Applications;

 

(b)          Providing advisory and consultancy services to all sectors of industry and commerce on solutions to problems with a view to raising the level of efficiency and productivity;

 

(c)            Carrying out studies, enquiries and research in the fields of management development and productivity in co-operation with industry, commerce and organisations with related interests;

 

(d)   Promoting the publication of information collected and the results of studies, enquiries and research in the form of books, periodicals, bulletins, and bibliographies; and

 

(e)   Serving as a centre for collecting information on the most modern developments in management and orgnisation and making such information readily available to those responsible for the running of the national economy.

 

 

STRUCTURE AND ORGANISATION:

Board of Governors

 

The Legislative Instrument (LI) 1077 of 1976 which incorporated the Management Development and Productivity Institute as a parastatal made provision for a Board of Governors as the policy making body of the Institute.

Directorate

 

The Institute is managed by a Directorate made up of the Director who is the Chief Executive, the Deputy Director (Training) and the Deputy Director (National Productivity Centre).

Functional Areas

The functional areas of the Institute are organised into four departments.  Each department is engaged in management training, consultancy and research.  The departments are:  General Management; Marketing Management; Financial Management and Management Information Systems and Industrial Engineering.

 

Support Services

 

The support services section comprises: Finance and Accounts; Personnel; General Services; Transport Services; Library and Documentation; and Internal Audit.

 

MDPI has eight training rooms of different sizes. One of the big size rooms is the computer laboratory with twenty computers. Each training room is equipped with video deck, television set, flip chart stand, white board, air conditioners and LCDs. Canteen facilities are capable of serving 220 persons at a time. Printing materials are produced in-house by the printing section. This section has heavy duty photocopiers to discharge its services.

Regional Office

 

The Institute has a Regional Office at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.  The office is headed by a senior member of staff designated as Regional Manager.  The regional office offers Regular, In-Plant and Project-related management training programmes for client organisations in the northern sector of the country - Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.  In addition, the office offers advisory and consultancy services, especially in the area of small-scale enterprise management with support from the headquarters.

 

The staff establishment of the Institute is 66.  The professional staff includes experts in Human Resources Management, Management Information Systems, Industrial Engineering and Entrepreneurship Development Management, as well as Financial and Systems Analysis.

 

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SUMMARY OF MAIN PROGRAMMES:

 

The Management Development and Productivity Institute organises its Regular Management Training Programmes from March to November each year.  The In-Plant and Project-related management improvement courses are, however, offered throughout the year.  The target beneficiaries of these management-training programmes range from supervisory to top management personnel of both public and private sector organisations.

 

The distribution of trainees for the three training categories over the past seven (7) years is as follows:

      

 

YEAR

REGULAR COURSES

IN-PLANT COURSES

PROJECT RELATED COURSES

TOTAL

2007[1]

454

428

0

882

2006

501

823

0

1324

2005

602

401

0

1003

2004

571

723

3

1297

2003

610

385

325

1320

2002

697

490

284

1471

2001

627

524

0

1157

2000

534

735

        16

1285

 

[1] As at end of October 2007

                   

Every year a considerable number of supervisors and management personnel attend the Regular Courses as published in the Management Training Programme (MTP).  The beneficiaries of these courses come from both public and private sector organisations; a sample list of some of the client organisations is published on this site.

 

The MTP covers all-important fields of management studies and practices and the programmes are conducted in Accra and Kumasi.

 

A variety of teaching methods are used on the various programmes including lecture, case study, role-play, exercises, film shows, experience sharing, etc. The lecture method is employed to present facts or highlight background information in specific subject areas. Case studies require participants to analyse real management problems and engage in discussing them to arrive at creative and effective recommendations for action.

 

Group discussions and presentations are also used to enable participants share experiences and apply concepts in solving problems.  Materials used in the programmes are drawn extensively from the consultancy assignments of the professional staff.  This approach helps to maintain the practical-orientation and relevance of the institute’s management training programme.

 

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Management Consultancy

 

The Management Consultancy and Advisory Services of the Institute are offered to organisations in both the public and private sectors of the economy.  The consultancy assignments cover the following areas: production; personnel; operations; organisational review and development; management services; design and installation of accounting systems and manuals; review of conditions of service; management audit; and corporate planning and strategy formulation.

 

 

Research and Productivity Promotion           

 

In accordance with the strategic plan for its management training, consultancy and research activities into the year 2009, the Institute will continue to implement intensive productivity enhancement awareness programmes throughout the country.  In this respect, the Institute will carry out a number of productivity-related studies in selected public and private sector organisations in key sectors of the economy.  The research findings are to be disseminated through the Ghana Productivity Review of the Institute.

 

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:

Application

 

Nominations should be made by the sponsoring organisation on a Nomination Form, copies of which can be obtained from the Institute.  Completed Forms should be returned to the Director of the Institute at least two weeks before the commencement date of a course.

 

Selection

Selection from the applications received is based on:

 

(a)   The experience of the applicant, level or responsibility and academic background; and

 

(b)   The need for a satisfactory mix of applicants in terms of industry, education and specialised experience.

Fees

 

The fee for each course is provided in this brochure. The course fee covers tuition, snacks, lunch, course materials and field visits.  The fee for participants resident outside Ghana is US $450.00 per week per participant. Full payment of fees should accompany the return of Nomination Forms or be paid on the first day of each course. The fees are payable to Management Development and Productivity Institute. Abbreviations should not be used in writing the cheques.

Training Sessions

 

Training sessions are from 9.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.  Lunch is from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Withdrawals

 

If a sponsoring organisation finds it necessary to withdraw a candidate, two weeks prior to the commencement of the course, the course fee will be returned less 30 percent for administrative charges.  Withdrawals on or after the commencement of a course are subject to the total forfeiture of fees.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For further details on the Institute’s programmes contact:

 

THE DIRECTOR

MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT AND

PRODUCTIVITY INSTITUTE (MDPI)

P.O. BOX 297,

ACCRA, GHANA.

 

TEL: 233 021 666597, 666598, 666599,

       233 021 665225; 663998; 683904; and

       0289113032.

FAX: 233-21-66-6590

E-MAIL: mdpi@ghana.com

 

Web Site: mdpiplus.20m.com