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Perceptions of knowledge management and intellectual capital in the banking industry

Carla Curado (Technical University of Lisbon, Rua Miguel Lupi, Lisbon, Portugal.)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 30 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to capture the perceptions of knowledge management and intellectual capital in the banking industry. The reason for developing such a study is that little research has clearly addressed both subjects at the same time. After verifying that knowledge management and intellectual capital are identified as different concepts in the banking industry, the final aim of the paper is to identify the relevancy and perceived value of such organizational variables in the banks.

Design/methodology/approach

This research paper follows a qualitative approach and considers two different knowledge management strategies: exploitation and exploration and three different intellectual capital components: human capital, internal structures and external structures. The paper develops and analyses several interviews in the banking industry at top management level across different banks.

Findings

This study led to some interesting findings, allowing verification of most of the theoretical knowledge management and intellectual capital literatures, as well as gathering some examples of its routines and elements, and also identifying the value given to knowledge management and intellectual capital by the banks that took part in the study.

Research limitations/implications

There are some research limitations regarding the industry context, but this may result in a stimulus for the replication of the work in other industries.

Originality/value

The originality of the paper regards the way it addresses simultaneously knowledge management and intellectual capital as related concepts.

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Citation

Curado, C. (2008), "Perceptions of knowledge management and intellectual capital in the banking industry", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 141-155. https://doi.org/10.1108/13673270810875921

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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