Document Type : Original Article



BACKGROUND: Innovation is a competitive advantage, with its preservation and continuity dependent
on the organizational innovation capability. This study was conducted with the aim of determining the
innovation capability dimensions and components in medical sciences universities of Iran.
METHODS: The present study is a qualitative study with content analysis approach, undertaken
in 2016–2017. The data processing included 10 deep interviews with the experts of the health
innovation domain in top management of the three types of the medicine sciences universities of
Iran with >5 years of experience. Targeted data sampling was performed using snowball method and
continued until the saturation of the data. Data analysis was performed using conventional content
analysis method using Maxqda 12 software.
RESULTS: Data analysis resulted in the extraction of 28 categories and 8 main themes including
communications and interactions, innovation climate, university setting, policy factors (policy‑making,
rules and regulations), organizational culture, organizational resources, management and leadership,
and organizational learning in two university internal and external dimensions.
CONCLUSION: To accelerate innovation in medical sciences universities, recognizing the potential
of innovation capability is essential.


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