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The effects of intangible assets on firm performance: An empirical investigation on selective listed manufacturing firms in DSE, Bangladesh

Jannatul Ferdaous (Department of Business Administration in Finance and Banking, Faculty of Business Studies, Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Mohammad Mizanur Rahman (Department of Business Administration in Finance and Banking, Faculty of Business Studies, Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

American Journal of Business

ISSN: 1935-5181

Article publication date: 16 October 2019

Issue publication date: 5 November 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Using the resource-based view and knowledge-based view as theoretical backdrop, the purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between intangible assets and firm performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The firms’ audited annual reports were collected during the period of 2007–2017 from 49 listed manufacturing firms of four industries in DSE, Bangladesh. This inductive research uses panel data (fixed-effect) estimation technique for balanced panel data to measure, describe, and analyze the firm performance.

Findings

After controlling some specific variables, the results reveal mixed behavioral effects of intangible assets on firm performance. Even if intangible assets trigger a significant rise in the firms’ EPS (a measure of financial performance), the firms cannot maximize shareholders’ wealth due to their poor performance in the stock market of Bangladesh.

Practical implications

The proposed models could be important tools for managers to integrate intangible assets in their decision process. The proposed models could also be important tools for investors to select their portfolios that have a track record for continuous investment in intangible assets in an efficient and sustainable way.

Originality/value

Intangible assets are largely absent from the firms’ balance sheet. Consequently, previous empirical research works struggled to measure and quantify the effects of intangible assets on firm performance. The study fills that gap in the understanding of intangible assets’ nature, measurement method, and their effects on firm performance.

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Citation

Ferdaous, J. and Rahman, M.M. (2019), "The effects of intangible assets on firm performance: An empirical investigation on selective listed manufacturing firms in DSE, Bangladesh", American Journal of Business, Vol. 34 No. 3/4, pp. 148-168. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJB-11-2018-0065

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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