Title: Productivity enhancement through intellectual capital and information technology

Authors: Nichanach Katemukda; Prapaisri Sudasna-na-Ayudthya; Narongsak Comepa; Hanna Kropsu-Vehkapera

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin, Nakonprathom, 73170, Thailand ' Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, 90014, Finland

Abstract: A product's competitiveness is highly concerned by the manufacturing sustainability in the market. The product's function should impress the customer and the product's price should be reasonable. This is the reason why manufacturing firms must add more value into their products and measure their performance by using value added productivity. A firm which has high value added productivity should also have high position of competitiveness within the market. This paper aims to answer a research question, "Is competitive advantage directly influenced by the value added productivity?" In conclusion, the purpose of this research is to provide a value added productivity enhancement model. This research constructed a value added productivity enhancement model and applied a structural equation modelling technique to verify the model. The constructed model demonstrated that intellectual capital and information technology both supported competitive advantage. Finally, competitive advantage was found to directly influence the productivity of a firm.

Keywords: value added productivity; competitive advantage; intellectual capital; information technology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2018.10014493

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2018 Vol.17 No.3, pp.267 - 280

Accepted: 28 Jun 2017
Published online: 06 Jul 2018 *

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