Title: Analysing the relationship between intellectual capital and performance in local governments
Authors: Sandra Cohen; Orestes Vlismas
Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Athens University of Economics and Business, 76 Patission Street, 10434 Athens, Greece ' Department of Accounting and Finance, Athens University of Economics and Business, 76 Patission Street, 10434 Athens, Greece
Abstract: This study investigates the relationship between intellectual capital (IC) and organisational performance within the context of local governments (LGs). We examine this relationship in the light of both directions of the IC research stream recognised by Mouritsen (2006) as the IC1-ostensive view and the IC2-performative view. For this reason, a dual research approach is adopted which combines published and survey data. Empirical evidence advocates that components of IC are related to improved performance measured through both financial ratios and perceptions of performance. Thus, the empirical findings hold regardless of the IC view and offer corroborating evidence that LGs with higher IC perform better than LGs with lower IC. The study contributes to the analysis of the organisational mechanisms that enable LGs to realise economic benefits from IC and proposes a methodology for (inferred) IC measurement for LGs through the analysis of accrual accounting financial statements.
Keywords: intellectual capital; IC1-ostensive view; IC2-performative view; organisational performance; local government; Greece; accrual accounting; financial statements.
Global Business and Economics Review, 2013 Vol.15 No.2/3, pp.233 - 250
Published online: 30 Oct 2013 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article