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Nexus between entrepreneurial orientation and intellectual capital

Sanjay Chaudhary (OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)
Amandeep Dhir (Department of Management, School of Business and Law, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway) (Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa)
Nicola Farronato (University of Turin, Turin, Italy)
Melita Nicotra (Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania, Catania, Italy)
Marco Pironti (University of Turin, Turin, Italy)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 7 March 2023

Issue publication date: 15 March 2023




The importance of knowledge-based assets and the capability to leverage them has been the subject of scholarly interest in entrepreneurial orientation literature. The authors attempt to understand the dominant themes in the prior literature and propose directions for future research.


The authors performed a systematic review of 79 studies to answer the research questions: (1) What are the predominant themes in the literature on the role of intellectual capital and entrepreneurial orientation? (2) What are the potential fields of future research?


The findings suggest that current research engages the topics of intellectual capital, the capability to leverage knowledge assets and entrepreneurial orientation. The thematic analysis reveals the role of knowledge management, organizational learning, intellectual capital and absorptive capacity in entrepreneurial firms. The authors propose a theoretical model to explain how intellectual capital and its management influence firm-level entrepreneurial behavior.


Understanding the association between intellectual capital and the capability to leverage knowledge assets is crucial in a dynamic business environment. Effective deployment of knowledge is vital while searching for new entrepreneurial opportunities.



Chaudhary, S., Dhir, A., Farronato, N., Nicotra, M. and Pironti, M. (2023), "Nexus between entrepreneurial orientation and intellectual capital", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 70-114.



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