Theories of Change as a Tool for Strategy Development and Performance Improvement in Research for Development Organizations.

20 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2018 Last revised: 2 Jun 2019

Date Written: February 1, 2018

Abstract

This paper looks at the role of a results-based management tool, namely theories of change, in strategy development for Research for Development organizations. The paper reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on strategy development and implementation, with a focus on strategic planning, strategic consensus and organizational performance. The role of theories of change in strategy development is analyzed using the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, a research institution affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, as a case study. Theories of change were found to be a useful tool in strategy development, helping to align senior management vision with the rank-and-file understanding of the organization’s objectives. The theories of change sessions also led to more creative and strategic thinking about key organizational issues.

Keywords: Strategy, strategy development, theory of change, research for development, agricultural research

Suggested Citation

Basak, Rishi and Guertin, Michelle and Gérard, Bruno, Theories of Change as a Tool for Strategy Development and Performance Improvement in Research for Development Organizations. (February 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3116128 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3116128

Rishi Basak (Contact Author)

CGIAR ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Wageningen UR ( email )

Hollandseweg 1
Wageningen, 6706KN
Netherlands

Michelle Guertin

CGIAR ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Bruno Gérard

CIMMYT ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

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