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Effects of intellectual capital on innovative performance: The role of knowledge-based dynamic capability

Yuqian Han (School of Management, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China)
Dayuan Li (School of Business, Central South University, Changsha, China)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Publication date: 9 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the relationship between intellectual capital and innovative performance, and to specify the boundary conditions and mechanisms of the relationship from a knowledge-based dynamic capability perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

This study empirically analyzes the impact of intellectual capital on innovative performance and the role knowledge-based dynamic capability plays with a sample of 217 firms in China. To test the research hypotheses, regression analysis is applied.

Findings

The results show that intellectual capital positively affects innovative performance, and knowledge-based dynamic capability is a mediator rather than a moderator which partly mediates the relationship between intellectual capital and innovative performance.

Practical implications

The findings suggest that realizing superior innovative performance is dependent on a firm’s intellectual capital and its ability to sense opportunities and threats, to make timely and correct decisions, and to facilitate necessary changes efficiently.

Originality/value

This study is the first to clarify whether knowledge-based dynamic capability plays a moderating role or a mediating role between intellectual capital and innovative performance. The present study thus helps move forward the understanding on the conditions and mechanisms of the effects of intellectual capital.

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Acknowledgements

The research is substantially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos 71202055, 71372064), the Innovative Research Group National Science Foundation of China (No. 71221061), Key Projects of Philosophy and Social Sciences Research of Ministry of Education of China (No. 13JZD0016).

Citation

Han, Y. and Li, D. (2015), "Effects of intellectual capital on innovative performance: The role of knowledge-based dynamic capability", Management Decision, Vol. 53 No. 1, pp. 40-56. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-08-2013-0411

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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