A qualitative analysis of intellectual capital in Australian social service nonprofit organizations

Kong, Eric and Ramia, Gaby (2009) A qualitative analysis of intellectual capital in Australian social service nonprofit organizations. In: AOM 2009: Green Management Matters, 7-11 Aug 2009, Chicago, IL, United States.

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Abstract

In responding to the public management agendas of government, nonprofit organizations (NPOs) have had to commercialize, casting questions over their investment in human and social concerns. This paper analyses the utility of intellectual capital (IC) in addressing NPOs’ conflicts between commercial and social objectives. On the basis of data from in-depth interviews with 35 senior nonprofit managers across 22 large Australian social service nonprofit organizations (SSNPOs), the analysis confirms that IC assists SSNPOs in managing the social-commercial divide, but that managers’ understandings of the IC concept are often different to those contained in the IC literature. This highlights the theory-practice divide. The paper contributes to debates on NPO strategy, first by arguing that IC can be utilized as a nonprofit strategic management conceptual framework and second by highlighting slippages in the meaning and significance of IC. The analysis also prescribes ways the IC concept may be utilized more effectively, not only in Australian SSNPO practice but also in other developed countries with similar environments.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to paper at author's request.
Depositing User: Dr Eric Kong
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2009 23:51
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2013 05:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: intellectual capital; social service nonprofit organizations (SSNPOs); qualitative analysis
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5388

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