International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 6 (1), 2009 – interesting articles

[Deutscher Titel: International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 6 (1), 2009 – interessante Artikel]

External knowledge: the viewpoints from SMEs on organisational life cycles
Pekka Kess, Kongkiti Phusavat, Pensuda Jaiwong pp. 1 – 14

  • Abstract: An effective use of external knowledge can help Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) overcome many difficulties during various phases of its life cycle. The study’s overall goal is to define what external knowledge an SME needs to help strengthen business success. The interviews and surveys as well as the statistical analyses are applied. There are two different groups for SMEs when dealing with external knowledge: 1) the Idea and Growth phases; 2) the Start-up, Maturity and Decline phases. For example, SMEs at the Maturity and Decline phases need help and advice on Research and Development (R&D). The subjects on green productivity and clean technology could be specifically provided to SMEs at the Growth phase. The research’s findings provide potential benefits to several public agencies. The illustration from the viewpoint of the Department of Industrial Work (DIW) in Thailand, especially on the design of new training programmes is made.
    Keywords: small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; external knowledge; organisational life cycles; knowledge management; Thailand; training.
  • DOI (Link): 10.1504/IJIL.2009.021677

Measuring intellectual capital using fuzzy analytic hierarchy process
Hsin-Hung Chen pp. 51 – 61

  • Abstract: In this era of the knowledge-based economy, many enterprises employ intellectual capital to create their core competences. However, it is difficult to measure the contribution and value of intellectual capital. Most of the previous studies only proposed indicators for evaluating it. In order to objectively measure the value of a corporation’s intellectual capital, an evaluation process using fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (fuzzy AHP) is proposed in this study. The intellectual capital of four high-technology companies in Taiwan is evaluated and discussed. The empirical results show that the intellectual capital of the corporations can be reasonably evaluated by this proposed method. Managerial implications are then discussed.
  • Keywords: analytical hierarchy process; fuzzy AHP; intellectual capital; innovation; intangible assets; learning; high technology; high tech companies; Taiwan; evaluation; measurement.
  • DOI (Link): 10.1504/IJIL.2009.021682

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