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Entrepreneurship development in photovoltaic technological innovation system: a case study in Iran

Vahid Zahedi Rad (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Abbas Seifi (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Dawud Fadai (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 19 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to develop a causal feedback structure that explains the dynamics of entrepreneurship development in Iran’s photovoltaic (PV) technological innovation system (TIS) to design effective policy interventions for fostering PV innovation.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopts the system dynamics approach to develop the causal structure model. The methodology follows a systematic method to elicit the causal structure from qualitative data gathered by interviewing several stakeholders with extensive knowledge about different aspects of Iran’s PV TIS.

Findings

Lack of technological knowledge and financial resources within Iranian PV panel-producing firms are the main barriers to entrepreneurship development in Iran’s PV TIS. This study proposes two policy enforcement mechanisms to tackle these problems. The proposed feedback mechanisms contribute to the domestic PV market size and knowledge transfer from public research organizations to the PV industry.

Practical implications

The proposed policy mechanisms aid Iranian policymakers in designing effective policy interventions stimulating innovation in Iran’s PV industry.

Originality/value

The main contributions of this study include conceptualizing the causal structure capturing entrepreneurship dynamics in emerging PV TIS and proposing policy mechanisms fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in PV sectors.

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Citation

Zahedi Rad, V., Seifi, A. and Fadai, D. (2024), "Entrepreneurship development in photovoltaic technological innovation system: a case study in Iran", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTPM-09-2022-0156

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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