The strategic management of intellectual capital: a model based on absorptive capacity to enhance innovation

Alessandra Cassol, Claudio Reis Gonçalo, André Santos, Roberto Lima Ruas


The intellectual capital is noticed as a strategic resource capable of being propellant of innovation. In this context, it is suggested that the intellectual capital and the absorptive capacity may be influencing of the capacity to innovate in organizations.. This article aims to propose and analyze a Model of Strategic Management of Intellectual Capital from practices of absorptive capacity as enhancement of innovation. It is used as a method an exploratory research with the approach of quantitative and application of questionnaires for a sample of 104 managers. In the data analysis, it is used the technique of structural equation modeling through PLS (Partial Least Squares), with the analysis of path coefficients, we observe a strong relation among the constructs, what confirmed the hypotheses of the research. We verify that the organizational practices adopted for the development of intellectual capital, absorptive capacity and innovation are: a) ongoing training of employees; b) programs of suggestions; c) assimilation of new technologies; d) application of technical knowledge; e) partnerships with supporting innovation institutions. As contributions, the found evidences indicate that the absorptive capacity promotes the advance of innovation, and it´s still possible to observe management practices of intellectual capital from organizational routines.


Capital intelectual; Capacidade absortiva; Inovação



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