Innovation and Survival of Traditional Industries: Measuring Barriers Using the Best-Worst Method

Soodabeh Amiri Ali Akbar Khani, Siamak Kheybari*, Mohammad Ali Latifi*, Negin Salimi, Ashraf Labib

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Traditional industries, seen as cultural heritages, need to be innovative to grow and survive in the era of fast technological advancement. Traditional industries are continuously encountering decline. This research aims at identifying and addressing barriers to innovation to make an informed decision for better survival and improvement. A review of literature was used to propose a hierarchical structure of criteria in which innovation barriers were categorized into organizational, environmental, and supply chain dimensions. An online questionnaire was designed based on a multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) method called Best-Worst Method (BWM) to identify the importance of the barriers. The opinion of 41 experts working in the Iranian Carpet and Leather industries was collected. The results indicate that organizational culture and management support are the most important barriers to innovation in the Leather and Carpet industries. We also found that environmental criteria are the least important criteria in both selected traditional industries. Results illustrated that the two industries have no significant difference in the three perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2350015
JournalInternational Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Mar 2023


  • best-worst method
  • carpet and leather industries
  • Hierarchy structure of innovation barriers
  • traditional industries


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