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Science parks and intellectual capital: An integrated model for intangibles’ representation, evaluation and control

Marco Romano (Department of Economics and Management, University of Catania, Catania, Italy)
Pierluigi Catalfo (Department of Economics and Management, University of Catania, Catania, Italy)
Melita Nicotra (Department of Economics and Management, University of Catania, Catania, Italy)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 7 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

Dealing with intellectual capital (IC), the purpose of this paper is to provide a strategic tool for management activities in knowledge-based organizations. In particular, in the contribution, an integrated framework for intangibles’ representation, evaluation and control in Science Parks is developed.

Design/methodology/approach

Starting from a review of the main instruments for measuring intangible resources in an organization, an integrated model of IC for Science Parks is formulated.

Findings

The paper demonstrates that Science Parks are big repositories of knowledge but they are neither familiar with the IC management nor with the use of methodologies functional for the resources representations and for the variations dynamics of their value. Thereby it answers to questions related to the IC process representation, responding to managerial exigencies and to measurability and repeatability as strategic activities for business running.

Originality/value

Unlike the great number of studies on IC that formulate objective metrics of the value of firms’ intangible assets, the paper presents a model not to describe but to shape processes in a knowledge-based organization and to achieve and communicate results both for management and for increasing transparency of communication with external stakeholders.

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Citation

Romano, M., Catalfo, P. and Nicotra, M. (2014), "Science parks and intellectual capital: An integrated model for intangibles’ representation, evaluation and control", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 537-553. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIC-06-2014-0070

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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