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The adaptation research about ICS and Chinese management scenario

Lei Lei (Management School, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China and Production Systems and Design Technology, Fraunhofer, Berlin, Germany)
Holger Kohl (Production Systems and Design Technology, Fraunhofer, Berlin, Germany)
Yanmei Xu (Management School, University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China)

Nankai Business Review International

ISSN: 2040-8749

Article publication date: 28 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to manifest how intellectual capital statement (ICS) adapts the Chinese management scenario. ICS has become a key management instrument for securing competitiveness and sustainable growth in European small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, if the approach rooted in Europe can have a good effect in China is still unknown.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper analyzes the reasons why ICS appears in Europe on a macro-level including innovation culture, innovation policy and innovation paths. These aspects are also characterized for China to describe the Chinese management scenario and innovation environment. Further, the paper divides ICS into three parts: model layer, indicators layer and operating layer on a micro-level. For the management scenario of China, it explains the adaptation of the three layers for application in a Chinese context.

Findings

The innovation culture, innovation policy and innovation paths are different in Europe and China. Therefore, the applications of model, indicator and operating layers of ICS are also different in China. The paper indicates that it needs some adjustments when applying ICS in Chinese enterprises.

Research limitations/implications

There are no application practices of ICS in China until now, so the analysis of this paper is based on the theoretical level. Moreover, in the part of innovation culture, the paper is limited to comparing the cultures of Germany and China.

Originality/value

This is the first paper which investigates the application of ICS in China.

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Citation

Lei, L., Kohl, H. and Xu, Y. (2014), "The adaptation research about ICS and Chinese management scenario", Nankai Business Review International, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 394-410. https://doi.org/10.1108/NBRI-05-2014-0025

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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