An Innovation Management Model for Petrochemical Companies Producing Polyethylene Products in Iran

Document Type: Original Article


1 Department of Industrial Management, College of Management and Accounting, Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Alborz, Iran

2 Department of Technology Management, Faculty of Management, Tehran Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


Since a major part of Iran petrochemical base products has been considered for export, it is essential and inevitable to consider international markets so as to examine the economic conditions of petrochemical development projects. The aim of the current work is to offer appropriate solutions to the facing challenges and to the development of innovation management model in the petrochemical companies producing polyethylene products and approaching new polyethylene goods. Data collection was conducted using the library and field studies; after taking these steps, 58 main indicators were considered by experts’ through screening among 130 extracted indices. Based on these indicators, a final questionnaire was designed by Likert scale and distributed. Finally, after receiving the comments of 105 managers and experts in 5 different petrochemical companies producing polyethylene on these indicators, the data were collected, and the research model was fitted using a structural equation and Smart PLS software. After fitting, 29 indices, 2 factors, and 6 dimensions were accepted for designing the model. The general dimension was composed of economic, organizational, regulatory, and supervision factors, while the specific dimension was formed of technological, technical, marketing, and systemic factors. According to the research conducted for successful innovation management, considering all the above-mentioned points is necessary in petrochemical companies producing polyethylene products.