Title: Intellectual capital management practices in Finnish companies

Authors: Antti Lonnqvist, Paula Kujansivu, Virpi Sillanpaa

Addresses: Department of Business Information Management and Logistics, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 541, Tampere 33101, Finland. ' Department of Industrial Management, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 541, Tampere 33101, Finland. ' Department of Business Information Management and Logistics, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 541, Tampere 33101, Finland

Abstract: Not many companies seem to be using the Intellectual Capital Management (ICM) models presented in the literature. The objective is to find out what the current status of ICM is in Finnish companies, how managers wish to develop Intellectual Capital (IC) in their companies and what kind of ICM tools are most desired. The research is carried out by two methods: telephone interviews in 35 companies and case research in 10 companies. The results show that Finnish companies are performing various management activities related to IC as part of different organisational functions. However, a specific ICM activity does not usually exist. Generally, the companies seem to prefer ICM tools designed for the purposes of internal development of IC (e.g. measurement) whereas external IC reporting is not considered important.

Keywords: action research; case study; Finland; intangible assets; ICM; intellectual capital management; managerial needs; practice.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2008.020844

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 2008 Vol.1 No.2, pp.130 - 146

Published online: 17 Oct 2008 *

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