To Take Part in a Conference or Make a Conference – Intellectual Capital in Practice
Once we study any subject or theory, it is important to find a suitable field or direction in order to apply our knowledge. By encountering new perspectives, we collect new knowledge and we try to share this knowledge. The knowledge in itself does not give a great benefit. It is not enough to have knowledge from an encyclopedia – it is important to use this knowledge. Only using unique, specific knowledge or Intellectual Capital leads to a competitive advantage. You may have expertise about an object or a process; know how to perform a task or manage a process, however, when you utilize your Intellectual Capital in practice, you compete. In addition, the spheres of use may not be obvious. For example, could conferences be the place where we create new knowledge, form the Intellectual Capital, share and use it? To answer to this question we establish research objective - identify the reasons why people organize the conferences and why other people take part in.
The theoretical base of our paper primarily consists of electronic resources and non-formal discussions with people who take part in conferences and who organize them to understand what the purpose of conferences is. Thus, the methodology of our paper includes literature review dedicated to the issues of organizing the conferences and several short interviews. This is only first step of our research to understand how can we use IC in the conferences. Despite this fact, we reached some interesting outcomes – the most reasons of participation in the conference overlap the reasons of organization of conferences.