• Katrin Blankenburg
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


This first chapter introduces the relevance of the topic, the motivation for and importance of the research on intellectual capital (IC) in German non-profit organisations (NPOs). IC is recognised as competitive advantage (Kong & Prior, International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 13, 119–128, 2008; Kong, Journal of Intellectual Capital, 11, 284–304) and thus as essential for the survival of any organisation, including NPOs. NPOs cannot signal success and that they are worthy of support via profits or for instance. However, NPOs can attract new donors, investors, and other stakeholders by highlighting their competitive advantages, ultimately enabling organisations to put a stronger focus on achieving their social goals instead of spending time and resources on worrying about financial aspects. So far, there is no empirical research on IC disclosure of German NPOs.


Intellectual Capital (IC) Non-profit Organizations (NPOs) Anheier Qualitative Content Analysis Coding Frame 
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  • Katrin Blankenburg
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  1. 1.Hamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany

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