Synopses & Reviews
Over the course of the last two decades, Iran has gone through major industrial transformation, in spite of major obstacles in the path of the country's development. This comprehensive book examines the Iranian government's mobilization of resources to develop science and technology, presenting an overview of the structure, dynamics, and outcomes of the government's science and technology policies. It evaluates sectors at the systems level and emphasizes the prominence of government, rather than of the market, in the innovation system of the Iranian economy. Written by authors who are in positions of leadership in the industries they discuss, this book offers an unparalleled look into Iran's current technology achievements.
"This book shifts the focus from militarism and Islamic fundamentalism to the structure and reasons for the growth of science in the country . . . the book is a worthwhile reminder that Iran . . . is more complex than the story line that has been generally disseminated in the US. The chapters on the history of the science in Iran and the country's scientific educational system are particularly interesting . . . Recommended." - Choice
About the Author
Abdol S. Soofi is a professor in the Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Soofi received his PhD in economics from the University of Californian, Riverside, and has published over forty scholarly articles in various academic journals in the fields of economics and international finance, input-output modeling, economic doctrinal history, nonlinear deterministic dynamics and economics, and technology modeling and management. He has authored a book on international business and co-edited Modeling and Forecasting Financial Data: Techniques of Nonlinear Dynamics with Linagyue Cao. Soofi was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Mathematics and Systems Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, in the summer of 2002, and has been a visiting scholar at the School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China on numerous occasions since 2005. Soofi is also a Fulbright senior specialist.Sepehr Ghazinoory is an associate professor in the Department of Information Technology Management, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. He received his BSc, MSc, and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). He has authored numerous books in Farsi and has published articles about cleaner production, strategic planning, and management of technology in English. He was also a consultant to Iran's presidential Technology Cooperation Office for four years and a senior consultant in formulating the national Iran Nanotechnology Initiative. He is currently a consultant to different ministries and organizations in Iran.
Table of Contents
History of Science in Iran from a Physicist's Perspective; R.Mansouri
From Developing a Higher Education System to Moving Toward a Knowledge Based Economy: A Short History of Three Decades of STI Policy in Iran; M.Goodarzi
National Innovation System of Iran: A Functional and Institutional Analysis; A.S.Soofi
Information and Communication Technology: Between a Rock and a Hard Place of Domestic and International Pressures; S.Ghazinoory
Nanotechnology: New Horizons, Approaches and Challenges; F.S.Yazdi
Biotechnology in Iran: A Study of the Structure and Functions of the Technology Innovation System; T.Miremadi
Nuclear Technology: Progress in the Midst of Severest Sanctions; B.Soltani
Iran's Aerospace Technology; P.Tarikhi
Automotive Industry: New Trends, Approaches, and Challenges; M.Manteghi
Concluding Remarks; S.Ghazinoory