Intellectual capital and strategy: a primer for today’s manager

Göran Roos (Visiting Professor of Intangible Asset Management and Performance Measurement at the Centre for Business Performance at Cranfield University, UK. He can be reached at

Handbook of Business Strategy

ISSN: 1077-5730

Publication date: 1 December 2005


This paper discusses the value of applying the intellectual capital perspective in strategic theory and application. It draws on the historic development of the strategy field, to introduce the concept of the intellectual capital perspective. The author argues that the intellectual capital perspective, in its latest form, has made a major contribution to our way of thinking and working with strategy, specifically in organizations with a high dependence of intellectual capital resources or a high dependence of resources that can be classified as intangible. The paper recommends that researchers and practitioners alike put the intellectual capital perspective to use to increase the awareness and value that it provides and also to provide insights into areas of research that would further improve the intellectual capital perspective.



Roos, G. (2005), "Intellectual capital and strategy: a primer for today’s manager", Handbook of Business Strategy, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 123-132.

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