, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 353–375 | Cite as

Barriers to Entrepreneurship Development in Iran’s Higher Education: A Qualitative Case Study

  • Negin Fallah Haghighi
  • Maryam Mahmoudi
  • Masoud Bijani


The present qualitative research study was designed to identify barriers to entrepreneurship development in Iran’s higher education system. The present study is applied and developmental in terms of its objective and it is descriptive case study in terms of its nature and data collection. The study population includes 45 elites, scholars, policy-makers, planners, managers, specialists, and experts endowed with expertise and experience in the subject matter of this study in Yazd province, Iran, who are selected through purposive sampling method. To collect the required data, in-depth and semi-structured interviews are performed that are continued until the achievement of theoretical saturation. Following the implementation of open and refined coding processes, findings are illustrated in a four-dimensional model. The research model is represents the upcoming context of entrepreneurship development in Iran’s higher education system. Finally, causal conditions leading to such impacts, consequences, and action strategies are proposed to reduce and alleviate the given impacts.


Barriers Entrepreneurship development Higher education system Case study Iran 



The authors hereby express their special gratitude to all the respondents, who presented the needed data with great patience, as well as the surveyors and interviewers, who did their best for data collection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute for New Technology Development Studies (RINTDS)Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST)TehranIran
  2. 2.Seed and Plant Improvement InstituteAgricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO)KarajIran
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, College of AgricultureTarbiat Modares University (TMU)TehranIran

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