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Using intellectual capital management for facilitating organizational change

Antti Lönnqvist (Business Information Management and Logistics, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland)
Aino Kianto (School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland)
Virpi Sillanpää (Business Information Management and Logistics,Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 16 October 2009



This paper aims to examine the role of intellectual capital (IC) management in an organizational change process. The purpose is to obtain new empirical findings and an enhanced understanding of the role of IC in an organizational change process is obtained.


First, the existing literature on change management and IC management is reviewed. Then, empirical research is carried out in terms of an action research project on IC development processes in three case companies. These processes and their outcomes are evaluated using interviews.


An IC model can be a useful tool for change management as it helps to ensure the alignment of the change content with the strategic goals of the organization.

Research limitations/implications

The study is based on applying the Danish IC management model in Finnish companies. Different results might have been obtained if another IC management model had been used or the companies representing other countries and cultures had been selected.

Practical implications

The paper demonstrates that IC tools can be useful for promoting organizational change processes. However, more important than the specific conceptual model or measurement method chosen seems to be the process of organizational representatives connecting their contextual and idiosyncratic understandings to the model.


This paper makes a contribution to the existing knowledge by reporting and critically evaluating the implementation of dynamic IC management practices. This is a contribution to the existing conceptually oriented literature on the topic. In addition, the analysis of empirical IC management projects applied in a change context has novelty value.



Lönnqvist, A., Kianto, A. and Sillanpää, V. (2009), "Using intellectual capital management for facilitating organizational change", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 559-572.



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