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Volume 11 Issue 3, ICICKM 2012 / Jul 2013  pp185‑279

Editor: Fernando Chaparro Osorio

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Measuring Innovation in Agricultural Firms: A Methodological Approach  pp185‑198

César Ariza, Laura Rugeles, Diana Saavedra, Bladimir Guaitero

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A Case Study in Knowledge Management Education ‑ Historical Challenges and Future Opportunities  pp199‑213

Denise Bedford

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Unfolding the Gordian Knot of the University Intellectual Capital  pp214‑225

Constantin Bratianu, Ivona Orzea

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The Value of Human Resources Measurement in Intellectual Capital and Knowledge sharing  pp226‑234

Delio Castaneda, Paul Toulson

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Tacit Knowledge, its Codification and Technological Advancement  pp235‑243

Nowshade Kabir

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Trust as Intangible Asset ‑ Enabling Intellectual Capital Development by Leadership for Vitality and Innovativeness  pp244‑255

Taina Savolainen, Palmira Lopez-Fresno

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Abstract: Trust has become an essential intangible asset in organizations and leadership. Trust promotes social order and cooperation in workplace relationships. It is a resource that creates vitality and enables innovativeness. The paper discusses and examines the highly timely topic of trust from the human intellectual capital (HIC) perspective. More specifically, the focus is on the role trust plays in renewing intellectual capital by leadership. In the paper, trust is viewed in a relational context describing the positive expectations of a respectful human behaviour. Originality of the paper is based on the two ideas of both theoretical and practical significance. First, exploring and conceptualizing trust as intangible asset, resource and skill in organizations. Second, examining how trust in leadership enables HIC development and how it affects. The paper provides a novel view into managing intangibles, since trust as intellectual resource and a leadership skill in relation to HIC development have hardly been examined integrated. The main point highlights the importance of leadership by trust in enabling the growth and utilization of HIC. The paper advocates the idea that, in managing knowledge, it is important to increase understanding of the interaction among different aspects of KM. The value intangible assets, such as trust, add to human resource development (HRD) is multiple and still poorly understood. The paper presents also two real life case studies of how leadership by trust enables vitality and innovativeness in organizations. The case studies examine the sharing of tacit knowledge and co‑creation with customers. 


Keywords: human intellectual capital, innovativeness, intangible assets, leadership, trust, vitality


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How to Innovate Management Through Intellectual Capital Statements ‑ Lessons Learned From the First Implementations in Brazil  pp256‑267

Camilo Augusto Sequeira, Markus Will, Eloi Fernández y Fernandez, Kai Mertins

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Increasing Transferability of Tacit Knowledge with Knowledge Engineering Methods  pp268‑279

Thierno Tounkara

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