Relationship between intellectual capital and innovative capabilities: Evidence from Malaysian SMEs

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This study examines the relationship between intellectual capital and innovative capabilities in Malaysian small-and-medium-sizes enterprises (SMEs). The theoretical arguments of resource-based view (RBV) are utilized in explaining the conceptual framework and hypotheses development of this study. Accordingly, this study details intellectual capital into human capital, relational capital, structural capital and information capital and examines their relationships with innovation capabilities. In this study, innovation capabilities are divided into; (1) product and service innovation; (2) process and technical innovation. The significance of these variables is tested empirically among CEOs’ representatives from Malaysian SMEs. This study utilizes multiple regression analysis and the findings support positive relationships between human, relational and information capital on innovative capabilities (i.e. product and service innovation) and negative relationship between structural capital and innovation capability. This study provides empirical evidence utilizing strategic human capital resources on unit performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-460
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Business and Management Science
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Innovative capability
Intellectual capital
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Innovation capability
Product innovation
Human capital
Service innovation
Structural capital
Multiple regression analysis
Chief executive officer
Resource-based view
Technical innovation
Empirical evidence
Relational capital
Conceptual framework
Resources
Process innovation

Keywords

  • Human capital theory
  • Innovative capabilities
  • Intellectual capital
  • RBV
  • SMEs
  • Strategic human capital resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics

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