Established to contribute for the development of organizations and improve their effectiveness, COD is designed as a small, specialized and high quality group of professionals to concentrate on the study of organizations and their development, including structure and strategies of organizations, processes of planning and control, motivation, culture, development and behaviour of people in organizations, intergroup relations, criteria and evaluation of organizational performance, interface of organization and its environment, management of change etc. Over the years, it has expanded its academic activities to other functional areas such as finance, human resource management, operations management, sales and marketing, strategic management and to social sectors, such as, education and public service delivery.

It has recognition as a scientific research institute by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India and as a centre for doctoral research by the Osmania University.

In the 32 years of its growth, the Centre has conducted several executive education programmes in various functional and sector-specific areas on varied themes. It has carried out problem solving, consultancy and research assignments, for public and private sector organizations. A select list of clients include, Department of Science & Technology, Deference Research Development Organization, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., NHPC Ltd., Power Grid Corporation, SJVN Ltd., Oil India Ltd., Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd., Rural Electrification Corporation, National Aluminum Company Ltd, Bharat Bijlee, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, Bharat Electronics Limited, National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd., Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), Government of Assam, Forest Departments of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, Government of Gujarat, Government of Tamil Nadu, LIC of India, Reserve Bank of India, NABARD, Export Import Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Corporation Bank, Lakshmi Vilas Bank, The Shamrao Vittal Cooperative Bank, Syndicate Institute of Bank Management (SIBM), CESC, Hospet Steels Ltd, Hyderabad Industries Ltd, Invensys, Satyam Ventures Ltd, Sum Total Systems India Ltd, Unicef Bangkok, Tata Projects, TELCO, Wockhardt Ltd., Crompton Greaves Limited, Essar Group, Volvo Trucks, Government of Afghanistan and Kenya, etc.