An Investigation on the Drivers and Barriers Toward the Development of Industrial Clusters _ A Case Study of Yazd Textile Cluster

Document Type : Research Article (Original Article)


1 Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

2 MSc in Executive Management, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.


The growth of industrial clusters has become a recognized approach to small businesses development for more than two decades. Understanding of its diverse aspects has taken the attention of researchers and policymakers in many developed and developing countries in this study, we examined Yazd Textile Cluster for further identification of its barriers and driving on growth path and extracted a list of 31 effective factors on development of industrial clusters with a brief study of the formation and evolution of textile industry in this region via literature study and review of previous research This list is utilized as a theoretical framework basis for the case study of Yazd Textile Cluster development factors. Along with preparation of investigation plan, data from various sources including the combination of library and field studies such as individual interviews and focus groups were systematically collected based on extracted factors. Also, continuous data analysis performed through systematic data collection by using editing and coding techniques until the saturation of the findings. Finally. 14 and 25 titles from the main factors are identified as promoters and inhibitors factors related to the growth of "Yazd Textile cluster". Porter's diamond model was employed as an appropriate structure to explain factors conditions due to variety of identified explanatory factors and vast range of existing data.