About Us

Centre for Management Development

The Centre for Management Development (CMD) was established in 1979 as a research driven management consulting and training institution under the Government of Kerala, catering to Government at the Centre, States and local levels, Development Agencies and Institutions in the Corporate and Social Sector.

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The Centre was set-up as per GO (Ms)No. 294/78/ID dated 31.07.1978, based on the recommendations of the K. T. Chandy Committee, with the objective of providing professional managerial support to different types of enterprises. Registered as a professional society under act XII of “the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Society Registration Act, 1955”, CMD is attached with the Industries Department, Government of Kerala. It is managed by a Governing Board comprising of a Chairman, three senior Secretaries to the Government of Kerala, four Chief Executives of public enterprises, two academicians in the field of management, two industrialists, and two representatives of professional bodies. The Director is the member secretary to the Board.

During the history of more than three decades, CMD has collaborated with management teams in over 250 organisations to accelerate growth and create value by applying industry knowledge, cutting-edge research and leadership training experience.




A Committee on the Management Development of Public Enterprises in Kerala, headed by Shri. K. T. Chandy, had observed that “management development programme for the State can be achieved only through the initiative of the government and the collective efforts of government, the joint, private and public sector undertakings and universities. A co-ordinating agency to bring all these forces together will have to be autonomous body of some stature”. This formed the genesis of the Centre for Management Development (CMD).

Our Vision & Mission



To become a Centre of Excellence of international repute for Management Development and provision of end-to-end Management Services.



To deliver world-class Consultancy, Advisory, Research and Training Services to Government, Non-Governmental Organisations, Industries and Corporates, while ensuring Accountability, Commitment and Transparency.

Our Objectives

To promote & enrich management policies and practices in the manufacturing, services and development sector.
To augment and develop entrepreneurial potential in the state through an integrated identification-training support package.
To enhance the decision making skills and competence of practicing managers and key personnel in the public, private and non-governmental sectors.
To provide assistance to governmental/voluntary/corporate agencies for strengthening management of developmental programmes and projects in rural and urban areas, through research studies, consulting, training programmes and advisory services .
To contribute to professionalizing management by developing a pool of young management professionals.



Amongst the highly respected management consulting and social research firms, CMD has been associated with some of the most successful research and advisory programmes for government (national and state), for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.CMD always collaborates with the best-in-class partners to deliver 360 degree programmes.

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The culture of participation, constant innovation and focused approach has helped CMD to deliver strategic solutions and measurable results to a wide range of clientele.