A Network Governance Model with Emphasis on Development of Open Innovation Processes at Security Research Institutions

Document Type : Research Article (Original Article)


1 PhD in Public Policy, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Associate Professor, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran.

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

4 Professor, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Qazvin Islamic Azad University, Qazvin, Iran.

5 PhD in Strategic Management, Supreme National Defense University, Tehran, Iran.


Governments change their governance models based on social, political and economic situations. Rapid technological change, increasing innovation cost and drastic competition in new products and services have caused organizations to interact with external environment and stakeholders. Opening boundaries of organization, using open innovation paradigm for internal development and expansion of market to enjoy external innovations are the most significant consequences of this interaction. Cyber security technology is one the most changeable today's technologies, which is a momentous key in national security. Proposing a governance pattern in this case would help the government to deal with problems, such as dispersion and incoordination between organizations. This pattern suggests methods for using all capacities to produce native products. This paper is going to identify governance elements and open innovation development factors, by considering the environmental conditions in Iran, to achieve a network governance pattern for cyber security research organizations. These factors have been recognized by using Grounded theory. For this purpose, 16 semi-structured interviews have been done. Analyzing data in open-coded process by using MAXQDA 10 software has led  to produce 16 subcategories in the form of 4 main categories. The model presented in this article is based on Emerging design approach and the results have been explained as theoretical propositions.