Identification and Ranking the Potential Fields of Investment in Advanced Technologies in Golestan Province

Document Type: Research Paper


1 Department of Industrial Engineering, Ali Abad Katoul Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ali Abad Katoul, Iran

2 Department of Management, Aliabad Katoul Branch, Islamic Azad University, Aliabad Katoul, Iran


The current study aims to identify and rank the potential field of investment in the advanced technologies in Golestan Province. This is an applied and developmental research and the method for data gathering is descriptive and survey. The target society (decision-making team) includes all the industry elites of Golestan Province including ‘Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade’, ‘The Industrial Towns Company’, ‘Standard Organization’, ‘Department of Environment’, and the deputy governors of Golestan Province. They were 15 people in total. A questionnaire was used to collect the data of the research. In order to analyze the data of descriptive statistics frequency distribution tables, frequency percentage, mean and charts were used. Also, in order to answer the research questions Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and the different types of software like Excel, SPSS, and Expert Choice were used. The findings imply that “Biology-related elements” and “Nano-related industries” stand in the first and second ranks of investment in advanced technologies of Golestan Province respectively.