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Public sector managers and entrepreneurship in Islamic Republic of Iran

Moghimi, Seyed Mohmmad; Analoui, Farhad; Khanifar, Hossein; Mitra, Amit


Seyed Mohmmad Moghimi

Farhad Analoui

Hossein Khanifar

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Amit Mitra
Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Operations Mgmt


Purpose - In Iran the role of entrepreneurs in developing communities is considered to be a special issue by planners and policy-makers; thus the aim of this paper is to explore and examine some of the main structural, behavioural and environmental barriers faced by entrepreneurs in Iranian public industrial corporations. Design/methodology/approach - A survey (questionnaires and interviews), observation and available documentation formed the main methods (triangulation) for the generation of relevant data. Thirteen public organisations responsible for social affairs in the country's budget document were involved. Using an unlimited sampling formula and a categorised random sampling method 220 organisations were accessed, from which 169 questionnaires were received and analysed. Findings - There is a direct relationship between managerial characteristics and organisational entrepreneurship. Also, there is a significant correlation between employees' characteristics and organisational entrepreneurship in public social cultural organisations. However, a host of constraints such as low income and a lack of research have caused a decrease in organisational entrepreneurship. Research limitations/implications - The survey is concerned with managers in public organisations. Future studies should include private-sector organisations, which ought to provide a basis for comparative analysis. Practical implications - There is a need for sustained structural and managerial reform. To achieve this, realistic human resource development policies should be formulated which lead to changes of attitude and behaviour in managers. Originality/value - This is a first attempt to study managers and their entrepreneurial tendencies in public sector organisations. It has policy implications for future development of the sector. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


Khanifar, H., Moghimi, S. M., Analoui, F., & Mitra, A. (2009). Public sector managers and entrepreneurship in Islamic Republic of Iran. Journal of Management Development, 28(6), 522-532.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 12, 2009
Journal Journal of Management Development
Print ISSN 0262-1711
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 6
Pages 522-532
Keywords communications technologies, public sector organisations, private sector organisations, government, worldwide web, partnership
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