A dynamic model for evaluating the effect of technology on the development of the industrial clusters using a system dynamics approach

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Industrial Management, Yazd Branch, Islamic Azad University, Yazd, Iran


The present study is problem-oriented applied research seeking to figure out the role and effect of technology models in and on the creation and development of the knowledge-based industrial clusters in Sistan and Baluchestan Province using the system dynamics approach and Vensim Simulation Method. The required information for the research has been collected through library research and field studies based on open interviews with 12 experts who have been selected via judgmental and purposive sampling methods. The research’s causal diagram has been drawn following the identification of the risk indices and dimensions based on experts’ notions through the use of a fuzzy analytic hierarchy process. In the end, corresponding to the system’s dynamics modelling, the research’s dynamic model has been designed using Vensim Software. In this regard, two objectives are sought considering the region’s infrastructures and potential: the first is the improvement of the regional development through setting the required grounds and acquiring technologies effective in the development and introduction of the new industries; the second goal is an enhancement of the industries’ competitive potency in terms of the industrial clusters’ growth and development within the framework of the macro-level economic policies. The article can be utilized in various industrial arenas and it can also express a perspective about the industrial clusters of science and technology usable by the private sector within a development process capable of accelerating economic growth. That is because technology development is among the inevitable stages of modern technologies’ advancement and use, and, in fact, research organizations should find the proper grounds for their research findings and provide the investors with their research accomplishments because it can in this way lead to the formation of novel industries and, on the other hand, heightening of the efforts parallel to the presentation of a vivid image of the potential and actual competencies to the industrial clusters which can subsequently take part in the creation of new job, entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities.


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Volume 14, Issue 5
May 2023
Pages 147-158
  • Receive Date: 27 May 2022
  • Revise Date: 29 June 2022
  • Accept Date: 07 July 2022