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Intra‐industry variety as an outcome of intellectual capital

Intra‐industry variety as an outcome of intellectual capital Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to argue that the kind of variety among firms that is a condition for economic progress is fundamentally based on the intellectual capital (IC) of each firm. Design/methodology/approach – The theoretical analysis is illustrated with case study findings from the Finnish games industry. Findings – The firm heterogeneity essential for the development of a knowledge‐intensive industry cannot be accurately captured with the concepts “routines” or “dynamic capabilities”. Instead, IC should be adopted for this purpose as it emphasises the skills, actions and determination of people and their interactions, thus capturing the uniqueness of each firm. Research limitations/implications – Case study findings from other knowledge‐intensive industries would be needed to make the argument more general. Originality/value – Papers approaching IC from the industry‐level have been scarce, likewise papers tying IC to the evolutionary theory of economic change. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Intellectual Capital Emerald Publishing

Intra‐industry variety as an outcome of intellectual capital

Journal of Intellectual Capital , Volume 9 (3): 15 – Jul 25, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1469-1930
DOI
10.1108/14691930810892009
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to argue that the kind of variety among firms that is a condition for economic progress is fundamentally based on the intellectual capital (IC) of each firm. Design/methodology/approach – The theoretical analysis is illustrated with case study findings from the Finnish games industry. Findings – The firm heterogeneity essential for the development of a knowledge‐intensive industry cannot be accurately captured with the concepts “routines” or “dynamic capabilities”. Instead, IC should be adopted for this purpose as it emphasises the skills, actions and determination of people and their interactions, thus capturing the uniqueness of each firm. Research limitations/implications – Case study findings from other knowledge‐intensive industries would be needed to make the argument more general. Originality/value – Papers approaching IC from the industry‐level have been scarce, likewise papers tying IC to the evolutionary theory of economic change.

Journal

Journal of Intellectual CapitalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 25, 2008

Keywords: Intellectual capital; Knowledge management; Computer software; Innovation; Video games; Finland

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