Are the risks of New Technology-Based Firms (NTBFs) insurable?




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National Research Institute for Science Policy (In Collaboration with: Iranian Association for Management of Technology)



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In addition to the important role of the development of NTBFs in the sustainable development of the country, these businesses have always been exposed to risks that threaten both the life and success of these companies. For this reason, the protection of these businesses has been considered by policymakers and legislators, and in the law to protect these companies, the insurance industry is obliged to support it. In this study, an attempt has been made with the assumption that the main reason for this failure is the lack of correct and comprehensive identification of risks, the risks faced by Iranian NTBFs, and to provide practical solutions to manage these risks. The present research is applied in terms of purpose and survey in terms of implementation method. The statistical population of the study is the managers of licensed and active companies and the stratified sampling method has been used by randomly selecting the members of the classes. Categories were considered the areas of activity of companies. The analysis of this study was based on 175 interviews with managers of NTBFs in 25 provinces in 2016. The result of the interviews was the identification of 23 risks. The results showed that although most of the risks faced by NTBFs are not insurable, to cover some of these risks, the capacities of the insurance industry can be used. For this reason, while explaining the identified risks, it was discussed in cases where there was an insurance solution for each of these risks.



Risk, Insurable risks, NTBFs, Knowledge-based economy


Torkestani, M. (2021) Are the risks of New Technology-Based Firms (NTBFs) insurable?, Journal of Science and Technology Policy, 14(1), pp. 21-36


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