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Intellectual capital and firm performance of US multinational firms: A study of the resource-based and stakeholder views

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The resource-based view of the firm maintains that firms achieve a sustainable comparative advantage and earn superior profits by owning or controlling tangible as well as intangible strategic assets. The stakeholder view recommends that a better measure of financial performance than accounting profit is the total wealth created or net value added. Accordingly, this study examines the relationship between a return on total assets based on net value added (à la stakeholder view) and the specific intangible asset of intellectual capital to test the resource-based view of the firm. The results, using a sample of US multinational firms, are statistically significant in support of both the resource-based and stakeholder views.

Keywords: Intellectual Capital; Multinationals; Resources; Stakeholders; Usa; Value Added

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: April 30, 2003


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