Comparative Analysis of Sectoral Innovation System and Diamond Model: The Case of Telecom Sector of Iran


  • Mohammad Hosein Rezazadeh Mehrizi PhD student of Science and Technology Policy, Sharif University of Technology
  • Mohammad Packinat Hi-Tech Center; Ministry of Industries & Mines, I.R. Iran



Sectoral Analysis, Sectoral Innovation System, Diamond Model, Telecom, Developing Countries, foreign relations


Porter’s model of Competitive advantage of nations (named as Diamond Model) has been widely used and criticized as well, over recent two decades. On the other hand, non-mainstream economists have tried to propose new frameworks for industrial analysis, that among them, Sectoral Innovation System (SIS) is one of the most influential ones. After proposing an assessment framework, we use this framework to compare SIS and Porter’s models and apply them to the case of second mobile operator in Iran. Briefly, SIS model sheds light on the innovation process and competence building and focuses on system failures that are of special importance in the context of developing countries, while Diamond model has the advantage of brining the production process and the influential role of government into focus, but each one has its own shortcomings for analyzing industrial development in developing countries and both of them fail to pay enough attention to foreign relations and international linkages.


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Author Biographies

Mohammad Hosein Rezazadeh Mehrizi, PhD student of Science and Technology Policy, Sharif University of Technology

Mohammad Hosein Rezazadeh Mehrizi is the Ph.D. Student of Science and Technology Policy at Sharif University of Technology (Iran) with cooperation with University of Sussex (SPRU). After getting master of business administration (MBA), he has been confined his research and working experience to ICT industries, especially in developing countries. He has an experience of five years doing research on the industrial development of south-east Asia countries and more specifically on the development of ICT industries and their applications. His recent book named as “The role Information and Communication Technologies in the development of Knowledge Based Economies” is under publication as the result of these researches.

Mohammad Packinat, Hi-Tech Center; Ministry of Industries & Mines, I.R. Iran

Mohammad Packniat holds an MBA degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He has been working as an advisor to several business and government organizations in Iran, which include Ministry of Industries & Mines, Iran Khodro Auto Company, etc. His research interests include technology strategy formulation, technology policy (innovation systems framework) and technology development in developing countries.


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How to Cite

Rezazadeh Mehrizi, M. H., & Packinat, M. (2008). Comparative Analysis of Sectoral Innovation System and Diamond Model: The Case of Telecom Sector of Iran. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 3(3), 78–90.



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