Explaining the Social Capital Model Based on Views of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei: A Grounded Theory Approach

Document Type : Original Article


1 MSc in Executive Management, University of Tehran, Campus Farabi, Qom, Iran

2 Corresponding Author: Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Tehran, Campus Farabi, Qom, Iran

3 Master of Islamic Philosophy and Theology, University of Qom, Iran


Since social capital in the fourth development plan and the Islamic Republic of Iran's vision document is emphasized, this capital has been added to the planning and policies of the country. In reviewing the documents, lectures and letters from the Supreme Leader on the subject of social capital on his official site, including 430 lectures from 1989 to 2018, have been reviewed. After coding his lectures and using the method of grounded theory, the social capital model was designed based on the supreme leader's thought. In the Causal conditions, concepts such as responsibility and self-sacrifice, in the Advancing conditions, concepts such as freedom and justice, and in the Deterrent conditions, internal disputes and Governmental economy, affect the choice of strategies. The phenomenon is the young population of the country and the presence of people who create a valuable wealth for the country with their voluntary participation. Strategies are also made up of social, economic, political, scientific, technological, cultural and legal strategies. These strategies lead to external consequences such as the prominence of the country in global societies and the fear of enemies and internal consequences such as the independence of the country and trust in the system.


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