Kong, Eric (2010) Harnessing knowledge for innovation in social enterprises: an intellectual capital perspective. In: Al-Hakim, Latif and Jin, Chen, (eds.) Innovation in business and enterprise: technologies and frameworks. Business Science Reference (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 162-184. ISBN 978-1-61520-643-8
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Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.4018/978-1-61520-643-8
Very little research has investigated the role of intellectual capital (IC) in innovation processes in social enterprises. After reviewing the literature, the central argument in this research study is that IC assists social enterprises to harness knowledge that leads to innovation for the pursuit of social and commercial activities. Thus the study contributes to the literature by theoretically arguing that IC can be utilized in innovation processes in social enterprises. An IC conceptual framework is proposed which helps social entrepreneurs to visualize IC and its components in their organizations. Finally, the framework’s implications for the development of effective innovation-based strategies in social enterprises are discussed.
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