R&D Management in Iran, Opportunities and Threats

16th International Conference on Management of Technology (IAMOT), 2007

7 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2011  

Nader Ale Ebrahim

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM); University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture

Ali Ghazizadeh

Planning Director

Arash Golnam

The Society of Iranian Industries & Mines - Research & Development Centers

Hamid Tahbaz Tavakoli

The R&D Society of Iranian Industries and Mines

Date Written: May 13, 2007

Abstract

Research and Development (R&D) management in Iran has faced many barriers and obstacles, in which R&D units are considered as the basic core of the product development and innovation. Due to structural shortcomings, a great number of organizations and industries have not yet been able to position themselves in the market. There are about 1141 R&D units throughout Iran, due to the geographical decentralization of these units this paper considers and analyzes the R&D case study in one of the provinces located in the north part of Iran, and the findings can be generalized to the other industrialized areas and zones in Iran. In this province, there are about 2504 industrial units of which there are only 44 R&D units certified by the state government. However, there is limited number of these R&D units that are extensively active. This paper also addresses the current status in respect with the R&D activities to find out why little attention has been paid to these activities in the industrial units. Considering the opportunities and challenges of these R&D units reveals that there is a need to activate these units so that they can quickly respond to changes in the market. Finally, a few alternative solutions and improvement plans are proposed, in which the Iranian R&D Society is responsible for supporting and fostering these action plans towards the organization goals. The research methodology was based on a previous field research conducted in Hamedan province, and after the analysis of the research results, a model for the efficiency of R&D units will be presented.

Keywords: R&D Management, R&D Society, Innovation, Industrial Sectors

JEL Classification: L1, L11, L7, Q32, Q31, M11, M12, M1, M54, O1, O3, O32, P24, P42, P23, L17

Suggested Citation

Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ghazizadeh, Ali and Golnam, Arash and Tahbaz Tavakoli, Hamid, R&D Management in Iran, Opportunities and Threats (May 13, 2007). 16th International Conference on Management of Technology (IAMOT), 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1803802

Nader Ale Ebrahim (Contact Author)

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

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University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia

Ali Ghazizadeh

Planning Director ( email )

Tehran
Iran

Arash Golnam

The Society of Iranian Industries & Mines - Research & Development Centers ( email )

Tehran
Iran

Hamid Tahbaz Tavakoli

The R&D Society of Iranian Industries and Mines ( email )

Tehran
Iran

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