The evolving research on intellectual capital
Authors: Tan, Hong Pew; Plowman, David; Hancock, Phil
Source: Journal of Intellectual Capital, Volume 9, Number 4, 2008 , pp. 585-608(24)
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:Purpose ‐ The purpose of the paper is to serve as a useful reference for anyone embarking on research into intellectual capital (IC). It provides a succinct summary of the seminal works on this research area. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The paper reviews the seminal literature arranges it into a chronology of the evolving research into IC. Findings ‐ The findings show that IC has undergone a number of development stages from definitions, models through to measures and applications of IC to business and management issues. Research limitations/implications ‐ The review is limited to refereed journals and books published before March 2007. Practical implications ‐ IC is an area of interest to numerous parties, including shareholders, institutional investors, scholars, policymakers and managers. This paper serves as a useful reference on the stages of development of IC and the applications to business and management issues. Originality/value ‐ The study of IC has undergone a number of stages, from early conscious awareness efforts, to classification of IC and to the search for appropriate measures of IC. This paper provides a taxonomy on IC research as suggestions about future research directions.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 17, 2008