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Intellectual capital in Society 5.0 by the lens of the knowledge creation theory

Noboru Konno (Tama Graduate School of Business, Tama University, Tokyo, Japan)
Carmela Elita Schillaci (Universita degli Studi di Catania, Catania, Italy)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 26 March 2021

Issue publication date: 27 April 2021




This paper reviews the development of knowledge creation theory in the last quarter-century and how it has contributed to innovation management and looks into social and human aspects of innovation in the era of “Society 5.0”.


This research aims to relate basic theoretical concepts: knowledge creation and knowledge assets, purpose, leadership, and place (Ba) for innovation to drive innovation and its management as a whole ecosystem. It also discusses the application to innovation management systems open innovation, and social innovation.


Today's innovation demands socio-economic fusion that goes beyond current corporate boundaries. By preparing the system (knowledge ecosystem) as the basis, we could build the bridge, and such fusion would be possible.

Research limitations/implications

This paper shows the framework of the idea. Evidence-based research based on “knowledge assessment” will be discussed on another occasion.


This research is to explain knowledge management, innovation, and social innovation beyond the corporate framework.



Konno, N. and Schillaci, C.E. (2021), "Intellectual capital in Society 5.0 by the lens of the knowledge creation theory", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 478-505.



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