The organisational structure of IDS consists of the Board of Directors, the Management, Research and Supporting staff.
The Board shall consist of not more than 12 members of which six, including the Chairman, shall be appointed by the Chief Minister of Sabah. Other Board Members shall be elected at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting. The main function of the Board is to formulate policies and guidelines under which IDS should operate. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Institute. He is being assisted by other senior officials comprising Associate Directors, Research Directors, and Heads of Supporting units.