Management of International Institutions and NGOs: Frameworks, practices and challenges

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International Institutions (IIs), International NGOs (INGOs) and Transnational Hybrid Organizations (THOs) play a hugely important role in the modern world economy. Despite having been studied by scholars from a range of disciplines, these organizations have never before been approached from a management perspective. This ambitious book analyzes the management challenges associated with international cooperation and sheds light on how these organizations have evolved as the political, economic and business environments have changed around them.

Covering an admirably broad canvas, the authors pursue two main objectives. Firstly, they explore the main management frameworks developed in the context of the corporate and national public/non-profit organizations and adapt them to the specificity of IIs and INGOs. This leads to the identification of a "tailored" approach to IO management based on their institutional and operational settings, stakeholder groups, core business, staff profile, and financial arrangements. Secondly, they "bring theory into practice" by linking frameworks to several case studies and best practices of organizations currently experimenting with management systems and tools, with case studies including the World Bank and the Gates Foundation.

This comprehensive textbook is a must-own resource for students and academics involved with studying and working with international organizations.

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About the Author:

Dr. Daniele Alesani holds an MBA from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Parma University; in his professional and academic career he has extensively worked on the main issues related to managerial and administrative reforms, accounting change and adoption of full accrual accounting systems in International Organizations. His background includes accounting policy analysis, training, re-engineering of management control and information systems, implementation and support of financial systems and project management.

In 2004, Dr. Alesani joined the SDA Bocconi School of Business in Milan as lecturer and researcher. In 2006, Daniele joined the Business School of the University of Geneva as lecturer and MBA Programme Director, developing targeted management courses for United Nations System organizations.

Since 2007, Dr. Alesani has been collaborating with the United Nations system organizations, first to support the implementation of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) organizations, then with the Chief Executive Board (CEB) Secretariat in Geneva and now in New York with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Dr. Alesani is currently head of the Statutory Reporting Unit at UNFPA, Adjunct Professor at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and Catholic University, Milan, Italy.

Dr. Alesani is author of several international publications in the area of managerial and administrative reforms in the public sector and intergovernmental organizations, among which "Factors affecting UN accountability: between managerial reforms and social claims"(In Bauer M., Knill C. (eds.) Management Reforms in International Organisations (2008), Baden-Baden, NOMOS), ‘IPSAS adoption by the World Food Programme: an application of the contingency model to intergovernmental organizations’ (International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management 2011 (1), Special Issue on IPSAS) and ‘Getting Heath reforms Right: What Lessons from an Italian Case’ (Health Services Management Research, vol. 7 (29) (2009)).

Professor Eduardo Missoni is Doctor in Medicine and Surgery, with a postgraduate Specialization in Tropical Medicine (Rome La Sapienza University), and holds an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medcine.

Since 2002 he is an adjunct professor at the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and at SDA Bocconi School of Management. His teachings, research and coordination activities extend over two main areas, Management of International Institutions and non profits, and Global Health and Development. He is also Bocconi Univeristy Rector’s delegate for Development Cooperation issues. Since 2001, he also holds a Global Health course at the Faculty of Sociology of the Bicocca University in Milan. He was a visiting professor for "Ethics and International Organizations" at the Geneva International Organizations MBA, and currently collaborates with the Geneva School of Diplomacy, the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milano, and is frequently invited to lecture in several other academic and training Institutions.

Professor Missoni started his medical career in 1980 with a three years long experience as a medical volunteer in Nicaragua. He was later a UNICEF officer in Mexico, in charge for Primary Health Care programmes at national and State level. He later became an Adviser to the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served for over 15 years. In this capacity, he was in charge of health and social development programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan African countries. During the same period he acted as the liaison officer with the World health Organization (WHO) and the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO), and represented his country in other international meetings and groupings, including the G8 health experts group, which he chaired in 2001.

Professor Missoni has a strong civic and social commitment and contributed to found, develop and manage several  local, national and international non-profit and philanthropic organizations. Between 2004 and 2007, he was the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).

Professor Missoni has extensively published, mainly in the field of International Development Cooperation and Global Health.


A welcome one-stop shop to unveil the complex organizational variations generated in the last decades among IIs and NGOs and their impact in addressing the ultimate goal of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world for all.

Mirta Roses Periago, Former PAHO/WHO Director

Highly recommended reading for students, scholars and policymakers interested in International Organizations and NGOs as organizations. The authors show the importance of understanding and addressing organizational and managerial dilemmas, using detailed cases and examples'

Luc Fransen, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Eduardo Missoni and Daniele Alesani have provided the nascent field of management of international institutions and NGOs with its first comprehensive text. It effectively links theory and research with practice, making it invaluable for students and for those faced with the complex challenges of managing in an international environment.

Carolyn Ban, Professor, University of Pittsburg, USA

This book offers a solid foundation for understanding what makes managing international institutions uniquely complex. I recommend it to anybody interested in providing leadership and contribution to the challenges of international cooperation.

Stefano Olmeti, Head of Executive Coaching, The World Bank Group

This is a very useful handbook to guide and understand the management and action of international organizations and NGOs. It combines theoretical and practical considerations that should be of service both to practitioners and scholars.

Heraldo Muñoz, UN Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations

An invaluable piece of work, provided by Eduardo Missoni and Daniele Alesani. An effective, comprehensive and practical guide on the complex challenges of managing international organizations / NGOs. A blended conceptual and operational framework for scholars and practitioners engaged in the humanitarian, developmental and specialized work of institutions whose ultimate goal is to serve the global public

Miguel I. Figuerola,
Former Human Resources Management Director at World Trade Organization & World Intellectual Property Organization

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