What it Means is What it Does: A Comparative Analysis of Implementing Intellectual Capital in Norway and Spain
Posted: 24 Nov 2003
The implementation of the Intellectual Capital concept at firm level introduces new vocabulary to the existing language set. Firms are attempting to make sense of the concept and, in the process, operationalize it in terms of specific management tools. This paper provides a comparative analysis of Intellectual Capital trajectories in Norway and Spain. Although the implementation designs are different, (selected SMEs and sector in Norway and more non-selected in Spain), the paper finds that a dominantly accounting perspective can lead to an excessive focus on measurement issues and little attention to management processes. Alternatively, introducing IC with a broader and less defined focus might help newcomers to experiment with the concept in a more open minded way. In non-experienced firms the entrance point matters, as it defines the meaning for new words and concepts such as intellectual capital or intangibles.
Keywords: intellectual capital, implementation, syntax
JEL Classification: M41, M47
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