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IFKAD 2017 Special Tracks
Intellectual Capital and Intangible Assets in Universities and Research Organisations: Moving Toward the Fourth Stage of IC Research
Since the beginning of the IC movement, Universities have long been a topic of research investigating issues such as intellectual property, management, research and development, and reporting. These approaches are akin to what is second stage IC research. However, more recently, research has begun to focus on the IC practice or third stage IC research inside universities.
Additionally, at the cutting edge is research examining the university third mission of based on technology transfer and innovation, continuing education, and social engagement. The latter is in line with the concept of fourth-stage IC research which helps "navigate the knowledge created by countries, cities and communities and advocates how knowledge can be widely developed thus switching from a managerial to an ecosystem focus". The transition from the traditional academic to the enhanced third mission role is crucial for the transformation of universities in the evolving higher education environment as they continue to consolidate their position as critical players in socio-economic development and regional growth.
Because of the widespread interest in IC in the public sector context, universities are the most researched public institutions. This opens several opportunities for future research. First, there is an opportunity to synthesise the findings to inform research about the contributions made by previous researchers. Second, the synthesis of research will allow for expanding into more third stage IC research helps to understand how IC is as useful internal management technology. Third, using the IC fourth stage perspective research helps to understand how IC is useful for managing third mission variables such as the external environment, especially stakeholders.
Thus, this mini-track investigates the intellectual capital (IC) in universities in light of the role they have in sharing and transferring knowledge, skills and other competencies both at organizational, regional and societal levels. The scope of this track is to extend and consolidate this emerging area of interest. We calls for theory and empirical based contributions investigating the following contents:
Intellectual capital, University, academic entrepreneurship, intangible assets, stakeholders, third mission, technology transfer, Ecosystem
Selected papers sent to the track will be invited to develop an extended version for the special issue on Intellectual Capital in Education (Journal of Intellectual Capital, Emerald)
Rosa Lombardi | Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
John Dumay | Macquarie University, Australia
Giustina Secundo | University of Salento, Italy
Domenico Celenza | Parthenope University of Naples, Italy