The Intellectual Capital Needs of A Transitioning Economy, Journal of Intellectual Capital

Du, K, O'Connor, A and Roos, G 2015, 'The Intellectual Capital Needs of A Transitioning Economy, Journal of Intellectual Capital', Journal of Intellectual Capacity, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 466-489.

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Title The Intellectual Capital Needs of A Transitioning Economy, Journal of Intellectual Capital
Author(s) Du, K
O'Connor, A
Roos, G
Year 2015
Journal name Journal of Intellectual Capacity
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 466
End page 489
Total pages 24
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose - Developed economies with high-cost environments face industrial transitions from scale-based manufacturing (MAN) to knowledge, technology and intangible asset-based sectors. The purpose of this paper is to examine the changes in employment and value-adding profiles of transitioning industry sectors in Australia and discuss the implications for policy that influences the intellectual capital (IC) profile of industrial sectors in transition. Design/methodology/approach - The approach borrowed concepts from the firm-level strategic management literature and applied them to a macro level of industry analysis. In this paper the authors examine the transitions in the Australian economy which, due to a rising cost base, is experiencing a decline in its value chain-oriented MAN sector. The authors contrast four industry sectors with the MAN sector and examine the different value creation models. Findings - The findings clearly show how the contribution to employment and value added (termed Economic Value Contribution ) of the different sectors vary. The authors extend these findings to a discussion on policy and the dimensions of IC that may have a role to play in facilitating transitions within an economy. The main conclusion is that a more rapid transition and higher value may be created if innovation and entrepreneurship are facilitated by targeted policies in transitioning sector. Research limitations/implications - This work is based on a single country analysis of selected industry sectors. Further work needs to be done across many more countries to contrast the findings across nations/regions that differ in industrial complexity and to refine the analytical framework to improve construct validity and increase analytical power. Practical implications - This work has implications for policy-makers facing the challenges of a transitioning economy, whether national or regional. Governments that are hands-on with respect to interventions to salvage and/or extend
Subject Financial Economics
Econometric and Statistical Methods
Keyword(s) Innovation
Value analysis
Industrial revolution
DOI - identifier 10.1108/JIC-08-2014-0097
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