Intellectual Capital, Competitive Intelligence and the Economic Espionage Act

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 460-482 (2004)

26 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2012

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Chris Carr

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

G. Scott Erickson

Ithaca College

Helen Rothberg

Marist College - School of Management

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

This articles analyzes the growth and practice of intellectual capital and competitive intelligence, two industry practices that have received increasing attention over the last decade. Related in their conceptual structure, the two fields also interact in terms of the benefits and costs of leveraging organizational knowledge in the face of competitive intelligence efforts. This interaction poses the key question of how widely intellectual capital should be dispersed. In the USA, at least, the Economic Espionage Act provides some guidance. After a discussion of the key provisions of the Act, the article passes to practical suggestions for using intellectual capital resources as widely as possible while still protecting the firm from competitive intelligence threats. Compliance standards, risk assessment and management, collaborator certification and signaling are all considered in turn.

Keywords: Intellectual capital, human capital, knowledge management, competitive intelligence, e-business, networks, compliance, risk assessment and management, collaborator certification, intellectual property, signaling, Economic Espionage Act

Suggested Citation

Carr, Chris and Erickson, G. Scott and Rothberg, Helen, Intellectual Capital, Competitive Intelligence and the Economic Espionage Act (2004). International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 460-482 (2004), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2186629

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G. Scott Erickson

Ithaca College ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14850
United States

Helen Rothberg

Marist College - School of Management ( email )

United States

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