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Barriers and Solutions to Commercialization of Research Findings in Schools of Agriculture in Iran: A Qualitative Approach

Mohammad-Taghi Ansari, Negar Armaghan, Javad Ghasemi


Abstract: The transformation
process from idea to product and finally to wealth creation is one of the major problems in the agriculture sector in Iran. This study used a qualitative-exploratory approach
to investigate the barriers and the solutions, which were derived from the
interview results of our study, to commercialization of research findings in
Iranian schools of agriculture. The data was collected through in-depth
semi-structured interviews. The results showed that the highest ranking
barriers to commercialization were inappropriate perspectives and
policy-making, financial-investment barriers, mistrust, and poor communication;
the barriers related to the participation of the private sector were among the
lowest ranking items. The top ranking solutions for commercialization were
related to planning, legislation, policy-making, needs assessment, goal
setting, and prioritization. The technical-specialized solutions were the
lowest ranking items.
Keywords: Agricultural research; Barriers to commercialization; Coding method and ranking; Schools of agriculture; Solution for commercialization

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