Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Intellectual Capital
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In the era of knowledge economy intangible assets importance as the source of competitive advantages is growing rapidly. Intellectual capital (IC) is regarded as the part of companies’ resources so the return on it should be also measured in monetary form. However existing studies show poor development of methods for measuring value created or added by company’s intellectual capital. This could be explained by its vague nature that imposes numerous limitations on value-based management. The main aim of this paper is to research the intellectual capital transformation into the company value based on a public information.
“Intellectual capital” is a new term for key resources of a firm that enable it to compete on challenging market. Such assets as IT-systems, brand, employees’ knowledge and competencies are crucial for any company. However, large stocks of these resources do not lead to success automatically. The main purpose of this paper is to find out how interconnections between intellectual capital components contribute to company value. We test empirically linear and non-linear relationship between intellectual capital components and business performance with the assumption of their mutual influence on each other. From the theoretic point of view we combine the theory of intellectual capital with Value-Based Management concept and Resource-Based View in order to investigate the way that firm’s intellectual resources transform into its value.
There are two main problems when dealing with intellectual capital. The first one is intellectual capital evaluation. Previous papers on this topic are usually based on either questionnaire data or information from financial reports. However, questionnaire survey has significant disadvantage as the data obtained include subjective opinion of respondents. Financial reports lack for information about amount of firm’s intellectual capital. Therefore we propose another way to estimate intellectual capital components. Each of three components – human capital, structural capital and relational capital – is measured through the set of financial and non-financial proxy indicators which are collected from company’s reports and its web-site. Further these data are aggregated in first principal components through factor analysis to obtain the comprehensive view of intellectual capital structure. The second problem is to measure the value that has been created by intellectual resources. We chose two measures – market capitalization and market-to-book ratio.
Proposed method of analysis of intellectual capital is used on the sample of 59 firms from European countries with high level of economic and knowledge development. The sample covers five year period (from 2005 to 2009). We used the LS method to assess the direct and indirect relationships between intellectual capital and corporate value.
This study contributes in different ways. Firstly, it helps researchers and management to understand what synergetic effects between intellectual capital’s components take place. Secondly, it proposes an application of principal components method for investigating intellectual capital. Also it helps to recognize the level of homogeneity of intellectual capital elements that are combined in human capital, structural capital or relational capital and therefore are interpreted as describing one aspect of firm’s activity.