The following are outlines for the Keynote Speeches which will take place at ECIC 2017
Gregorio Martín-de Castro
A structured Intellectual Capital: Linking Theory and Practice
Although the emergence of Intellectual Capital (IC) was initiated by practitioners as well as academics, the significant growing body of IC research in Management experienced during the last 25 years has produced a large quantity of theoretical proposals dealing with its nature, typology, management, and strategic value. Nevertheless, as Reed et al. (2006) highlighted, an “Intellectual Capital-Based View of the Firm”, understood as a middle-range theory focused on the identification and measurement of IC or knowledge assets of an organization, should prioritized empirical applications.
In this work I develop a review of recent empirical literature showing the latest empirical applications of IC, offering some insights about potential difficulties in linking theory and practice.
Jose Maria Viedma Marti and Maria Do Rosario Cabrita
The practice of Intellectual Capital in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
We are living a revolution that is dramatically changing the way we live, think, work and relate to one another. The challenges created by the 4th Industrial Revolution demand a shared understanding of how we are shaping a collective future where technology and knowledge across all the industries, are provoking the emergence of new business models based on intangibles. Knowledge and technology-driven transformation is giving rise to questions that will require new economic and organizational structures to leverage its full value.
Intellectual capital (IC) has been recognized as the main source of individual, organizations as well as national competitiveness in today’s knowledge economy. The thinking behind contemporary IC research shows that IC occupies a crucial role in the organizations of the 21st century synergizing business models and practices. However, many complain that there is an important gap between research and practice. Why do many organizations fail to effectively practice their IC? The understanding and robust application of IC in terms of its concepts, elements, frameworks, measurement models and integrated reporting requires an approach that help all concerned to fill the gap between research and practice
We need to develop a shared understanding of how the fourth industrial revolution with its dynamics is changing our lives and those of future generations and how it is reshaping the economic, social, cultural and human context.