Title: Critical success factors in S&T policymaking using confirmatory factor analysis and DEMATEL: a case study

Authors: Javad Soltanzadeh; Mohammad Taghi Taghavifard; Navid Sahebjamnia

Addresses: Faculty of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran ' Faculty of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran ' School of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Abstract: Recently, Science and Technology (S&T) policy has risen as critical aspects of economic development. In fact, S&T policy should support adoption and diffusion of countries' competitive technologies for economy and national development. Therefore, policymakers need to indicators that describe the level of adoption and diffusion of these technologies. In this paper by reviewing the literature of the S&T policymaking, i.e. public policy, S&T policymaking process and tools, innovation systems functions, various measures have been generated. Then, the labelled Critical Success Factors (CSFs) consisting of policy-base factor, law and regulation, market, structure, technology and education and learning are validated through a real case study in National Iranian of Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC). Confirmatory factor analysis and DEMATEL techniques are applied to prove the proposed CSFs.

Keywords: science and technology policy; CSFs; critical success factors; DEMATEL; confirmatory factor analysis; case study; S&T policy; technology adoption; technology diffusion; Iran; NIORDC; oil industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2014.064994

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2014 Vol.14 No.4, pp.305 - 326

Received: 04 Sep 2013
Accepted: 11 Jan 2014

Published online: 28 Oct 2014 *

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