Open University

Open University

Institutional Development (TU872)

Institutional development (ID) is a key area for those working in development management; it concerns the promotion of change in institutions, in the dual sense of changing organisational structures and new norms and values; the 1st part of the course looks at political and ethical issues related to ID and considers different approaches to ID in the contexts of aid policy, governance, economic growth, and humanitarian interventions; managing interorganisational relationships is the topic of the 2nd part, where students learn conceptual skills and practical tools that can be applied in multiorganisational situations; part 3 concerns the use of mapping and negotiating and brokering skills to make ID happen; this course is 30 credits.

Entry requirements

Normally a 1st degree or equivalent; students are advised to take TU870 Capacities for Managing Development before this course. If English is not your 1st language then an IELTS score of 6.0 (minimum) is required.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Distance learning - 6 months

Campus details

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Distance Learning

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