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Assessment of knowledge economy: A comparative study between Iran and Turkey and lessons for policy-making

Parisa Alizadeh (Department of Management, University of Allameh Tabatabaiee, Tehran, Iran)
Reza Salami (Department of Management, University of Allameh Tabatabaiee, Tehran, Iran)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 2 March 2015




The purpose of this paper is to describe the current status of the knowledge-based economy (KBE) in Iran in comparison to Turkey, the challenges encountered and the appropriate policies toward Iran’s Outlook 2025 based on which the country is expected to be ranked first in science and technology within the Middle East region.


This study is a descriptive research. The methodology used for this study is qualitative/quantitative secondary research. The method will be used for two main goals. First, we used the World Bank’s Knowledge Assessment Methodology, and the data are mostly collected from secondary sources such as the World Bank’s Development Indicators for Iran and Turkey. Second, desktop research will be used to summarize and synthesize available studies on the consideration of policy-making toward KBE, especially among developing economies.


The paper provides policy considerations around four pillars: information and communications technology (ICT), innovation system, education and human resources development and economic incentives and institutional regime. It suggests that regarding ICT indicators, Iran has to join international programs to attract senior public authorities’ involvement and accountability. Regarding its innovation system, lessons for policymakers are implementing development plans and coordinating science and technology policies in the country. Moreover, the quality of education, in-company training, post-secondary technical education and scientific and technological workforce need to be improved. Finally, considering the weak macroeconomic circumstances, legislative measures are needed in addition to, establishing a promotion agency for foreign direct investment to coordinate the inflow and to grant incentives for attracting more investment.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the chosen research approach, the research results have not been confirmed by an experts group. Therefore, using some group decision-making methods, such as panel of experts, could be proposed to further test the findings.

Practical implications

The paper includes implications for public policymakers, especially in developing countries, and for moving toward a KBE.


This paper fulfills an identified need to learn from similar countries experiences in policymaking about the same problem.



Alizadeh, P. and Salami, R. (2015), "Assessment of knowledge economy: A comparative study between Iran and Turkey and lessons for policy-making", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 37-55.



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