Institutional Analysis of the Actors’ Roles in the Process of National Technology Megaprojects (Case Study: Two Megaprojects in Iran Aviation Industry)

Document Type : Research Article (Original Article)


1 PhD candidate of Technology Management , Department of Management and Accounting, College of Farabi, University of Tehran, Qom, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Accounting, College of Farabi, University of Tehran, Qom, Iran.

4 Professor, Faculty of Management and Industrial Engineering, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.


The aviation industry is considered as a critical strategic industry in complex product systems for the national economy and security. The main purpose of this paper is the institutional analysis of the actors’ roles in the implementation process of two national technology megaprojects in Iran aviation industry. By examining the backgrounds and experiences of late comer countries in megaprojects of designing and developing products, a framework of actors and their measures in each stage of these megaprojects has been presented. The present study strategy is dual case study, its orientation is applied, its purpose is descriptive and its approach is qualitative. The primary data gathering tool is interviews with 14 experienced experts who were involved in two studied megaprojects in the field of aviation which was conducted in the second half of 2019. In order to collect secondary data, the whole available documents and evidence regarding to Iran aviation industry, and especially the two studied megaprojects have been used. The method of data analysis is through content analysis and axial coding. According to the findings of this study, national technology megaprojects are complex and multi-stage processes. Therefore, their implementations require cooperation and coordination among an extensive network of different institutions such as public and private sectors, universities and research centers. The results of this research could be used by policy makers and responsible institutions for better planning and effective management of national megaprojects in the field of aviation.


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