National Intellectual Capital

A Comparison of 40 Countries

  • Carol Yeh-Yun Lin
  • Leif Edvinsson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Carol Yeh-Yun Lin, Leif Edvinsson
    Pages 1-6
  3. Carol Yeh-Yun Lin, Leif Edvinsson
    Pages 7-16
  4. Carol Yeh-Yun Lin, Leif Edvinsson
    Pages 17-31
  5. Carol Yeh-Yun Lin, Leif Edvinsson
    Pages 163-179
  6. Carol Yeh-Yun Lin, Leif Edvinsson
    Pages 205-220
  7. Carol Yeh-Yun Lin, Leif Edvinsson
    Pages 305-346
  8. Carol Yeh-Yun Lin, Leif Edvinsson
    Pages 347-369
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 373-392

About this book


Over the past decade, knowledge assets and intellectual capital have been attracting an increasing amount of attention, not only from academics and CEOs, but also from national policy makers. To date, most studies of intellectual capital have focused at the organizational level, with an emphasis on explaining the role of “intangible assets” as a differentiator between accounting value and market value as a possible source of corporate competitive advantage. More recently, pioneers in the field, including the authors of this book, have begun to apply these methodologies to a broader scope, with the objective of comparing the intellectual capital indices at the national or regional level. As a result, an increasing number of world organizations and researchers are commissioned to investigate this future-oriented crucial national issue. Yet, the linkage between the value of intangible assets and how to quantify or benchmark it is still tenuous, not to mention easily misunderstood by a layman for guiding better decision making. With the belief that numbers talk and statistics hide valuable information, this book serves to present the authors’ research findings, covering 14 years (1995-2008) of intellectual capital information, comprised of human capital, market capital, process capital, renewal capital, and financial capital for 40 countries. The last three chapters go beyond analysis of current intellectual capital factors, and present practical tools for launching initiatives at the national level. The book will serve as an essential resource for researchers, policy makers, and business leaders concerned with issues of economic growth and competitiveness, innovation, and business creation.


Competitiveness Economic policy Financial capital Human capital Innovation Intangible assets Intellectual capital Knowledge management Research and development (R&D) Science and technology policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Carol Yeh-Yun Lin
    • 1
  • Leif Edvinsson
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of Business AdministrationNational Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan R.O.C.
  2. 2.Universal Networking Intellectual CapitaNorrtaljeSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7376-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7377-1
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