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Creating conditions for innovative performance of science parks in Europe. How manage the intellectual capital for converting knowledge into organizational action

Francesco Campanella (Department of Economics, Second University of Naples, Capua, Italy)
Maria Rosaria Della Peruta (Department of Economics, Second University of Naples, Capua, Italy)
Manlio Del Giudice (Department of Economics, Second University of Naples, Capua, Italy)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 7 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the concept of innovative performances for science parks as a framework for understanding how effectively human and structural capital (i.e. intellectual assets) are leveraged. The key point is fostering main determinants to investigate and/or make sense of key management activities/factors shaping the evolution and performance of knowledge creating processes.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was based on the quantitative and qualitative values, for the period 2000-2011, gathered from a sample of 901 public and private organizations located in the 21 European Union (EU) countries. With regard to the methodology, the hypothesis testing first required an analysis of the correlations between the investigation variables, and then the use of regression analysis to study the relationships between the innovative performance of the research institutions, and the financial, organizational and knowledge characteristics of the science parks investigated.

Findings

The empirical research shows that: the allocation of public resources does not influence most of the selected indicators of performance, with the exception of the negative effect seen for the number of patents; the resources provided by venture capitalists have a positive effect on all of the indicators of performance of the science park; the science parks of greater dimensions have better performances; the positive impact of the systemic relationships seems to have an effect that is limited to the increase in the number of contracts stipulated with industry; the number of publications produced by researchers of the science parks seems to have an unclear effect on the innovative performance; and an increase in the number of researchers enhances the innovative performance of the science parks.

Research limitations/implications

It seems appropriate to suggest some research lines that arise from the limits of this work. In particular, it should be stressed that there is a need to enlarge the sample investigated to embrace local innovation systems outside the EU, so as to provide further validation to the empirical results of this research.

Practical implications

This research has some practical implications of notable interest at the level of European policies. Interventions of public policies supporting innovation should not be concentrated on the increase of public funding but on increasing private capital investment.

Originality/value

This paper aims to extend literature about factors explaining the financial, organizational and cognitive performance of science parks in Europe.

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Citation

Campanella, F., Rosaria Della Peruta, M. and Del Giudice, M. (2014), "Creating conditions for innovative performance of science parks in Europe. How manage the intellectual capital for converting knowledge into organizational action", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 576-596. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIC-07-2014-0085

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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