Title

Knowledge assets in services across industries and across time

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Abstract

This paper explores the question of whether knowledge assets are more developed in services industries than in non-services. The concept of the "knowledge economy" has always gone hand-in-hand with growth in the percentage of the economy represented by services. Two multi-year, multi-industry datasets are used to directly compare the knowledge asset levels in service industry firms against those in non-service industry firms. Service industries do, indeed, reflect higher levels of intellectual capital in recent years, but did not do so a decade ago. Further, there is considerable evidence of changes in specific service and non-service industries over the time period, adding details to the finding that knowledge development is not static but does vary over time and circumstance. These results open up a number of promising research directions that could lead to a better understanding of the nature of these differing circumstances and how better strategic choices might be made regarding investments in knowledge management.

Publication Name

Investigaciones Europeas de Direccion y Economia de la Empresa

Volume Number

21

First Page

58

Last Page

64

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1016/j.iedee.2014.09.002

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