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29-30 March, Lisbon, Portugal
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Knowledge Metaphors

Knowledge dynamics

Intellectual capital and higher education

Intellectual Capital and Entrepreneurial Performance

How to introduce and manage intellectual capital in SMEs?

Intellectual Capital (IC) amid the global economic crisis of 2007-2009



Mini track on Knowledge Metaphors
Track Chair:
Daniel Andriessen INHolland University of Applied Sciences, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.

The fields of knowledge management and intellectual capital research and practice deal with the concept of “knowledge”. The epistemological debate of what knowledge is has been going on for thousands of years. Recently the focus has shifted towards the realization that much of our reasoning about knowledge is based on metaphor (Andriessen, 2006, 2008; Andriessen & Van den Boom, 2007; Bratianu  & Andriessen, 2008). The fact that our knowledge metaphors highlight certain characteristics of knowledge and hide others has a profound impact on our reasoning about knowledge management and intellectual capital. It determines what we identify as knowledge related problems in organizations and society and what we identify as possible solutions (Andriessen, 2008).

The purpose of this minitrack is to capture the latest thinking on knowledge metaphors and to highlight the implications for research and practice. We invite all researchers in the fields of organization science, cognitive science, language sciences and other related fields to contribute to this discussion.

We would like to invite authors to contribute papers on any of the following topics:

§  Metaphors and how they work

§  Traditional metaphors for knowledge, their consequences, benefits and limitations

§  Empirical analysis of metaphors used in research and in practice

§  Criteria for useful metaphors for knowledge

§  Organizational Change and Performance of Knowledge based SMEs

§  Alternative  metaphors for knowledge

§  Ways metaphors can be used in implementing knowledge management or intellectual capital


For mini track submission details, see the Ucall for papersU page.

Daniel Andriessen

Mini track on Knowledge Dynamics pdficon_large.gif
Track Chair:
Constantin Bratianu, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

There is a growing need for understanding the knowledge dynamics, and the intellectual capital dynamics at the individual, team and organizational levels. Knowledge dynamics is a new field of research focused on knowledge transformations from one functional form into another form of knowledge, as a result of cognitive work. As basic forms of knowledge we may consider: tacit knowledge, explicit knowledge, cognitive knowledge, and emotional knowledge. They are building blocks of the intellectual capital. Key questions for this new field of research could be: How can we transform tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge and what is the functional relation of this transformation? How can we transform emotional knowledge into cognitive knowledge, and what is the functional relation of this transformation? What will happen if we change the direction of these transformations? How can we transform individual knowledge into team knowledge, and what would it be the quantitative description of this transformation? How can we evaluate the knowledge dynamics at the organizational level?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

§  Knowledge creation and transformation at individual level;

§  Knowledge processes at team and organization levels: sharing, diffusion, transfer, storing, retrieving, socialization, combination;

§  Processing cognitive and emotional knowledge in managerial decision making;

§  Integrating human knowledge processing with computer information processing in organizations;

§  Direct managerial experience in overcoming organizational barriers in knowledge dynamics, and enhancing the organizational intellectual capital.


For mini track submission details, see the Ucall for papersU page.

Constantin Bratianu

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Track Chair:
Josephine Lappia, Rotterdam University, The Netherlands

While the whole conference ECIC 2010 focuses on the progress made during the past ten years in raising awareness, developing robust measurement and reporting methods and helping organisations managing better their IC, this mini track focuses on the counterpart of these developments in the renewal of (higher) education. Probably similar to the growth of competence and performance management in HRD departments of organisations since 1990 and the growth of competence based education in institutes for higher education since the end of the last decade. This mini track wants to reveal whether universities nowadays undertake actions to keep on track in preparing their students as future knowledge workers in companies where since 1999 intellectual capital statements and the measuring and reporting of IC more and more comes into the centre of the attention. Some authors state that few degree programs can claim yet to develop the types of people that organizations and countries increasingly are looking for (Bitner & Brown, 2008). In this mini track we are looking for the few emerging policies and practices that we can find in which countries, regions, organizations and/or universities undertake in collaboration with the field to align their education with the knowledge economy in which the graduates will live and work.

In this mini track we welcome contributions in the form of research papers, research in progress, proposals for round table discussions, case studies of emerging practices and practitioner’s contributions. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


§  Developing interdisciplinary professionals for knowledge intensive organizations;

§  Models of competences of knowledge workers;

§  Evidence-based design of workplace learning;

§  Transferring learning to behavior that enhances knowledge productivity;

§  Models of education that promote professional excellence in order to meet the needs of the growing service sector, for example: Service Science Management and Engineering (SSME);

§  Companies that collaborate with universities to contribute to prepare students to be effective in the service sector.


For mini track submission details, see the Ucall for papersU page.

Josephine Lappia

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Track Chair:
João Leitão, Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre & Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

In management research, various indicators, both economic (objective) and non-economic (subjective), have emerged to measure entrepreneurial performance. This mini-track spotlights intellectual capital in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as a core topic for the practitioners, managers and policy makers that are oriented to the promotion of the endogenous growth of SMEs, by taking into consideration the importance of developing intellectual capital within the organization, in order to foster the entrepreneurial performance of SMEs, which are intended as the most innovative entrepreneurial units.

Intellectual capital is an extensive umbrella, which embraces distinct types of capital, namely, human, organizational and social, that deserve to be further explored in order to manage and orientate different types of capital for reaching a common goal, that is, to change the organization for reinforcing the entrepreneurial performance, especially, in the units where the founder and/or manager plays a key role in determining the survival and growth strategy.  

The mini-track will therefore draw attention in the different capital determinants that may foster the entrepreneurial performance of SMEs, especially, the knowledge based one. This is a priority that deserves to be explored and addressed with grounded and empirical research.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

§  Capital Determinants of Economic Performance of Knowledge based SMEs

§  Organizational Change and Performance of Knowledge based SMEs

§  Capital Determinants of Non-economic Performance of SMEs

§  Competitive Intelligence and Networks of SMEs

§  Coaching for Intellectual Capital in SMEs


For mini track submission details, see the Ucall for papersU page.

João Leitão

Mini track on How to introduce and manage intellectual capital in SMEs? pdficon_large.gif
Track Co-Chairs:
UFlorinda MatosU, Management Research Center - ISCTE Business School, Lisbon, Portugal, Robert Huggins, Centre for International Competitiveness, Cardiff School of Management,  University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and Maria Weir, Intellectual Assets Centre, Glasgow

Considering the current context, where the markets become more competitive, forcing companies to be constantly innovating, management of intellectual capital seems to be the most valuable asset, as the main driver of innovation.

In the case of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the problem of intellectual capital management appears to be more complex because, normally, it is very difficult to introduce and to manage intangible assets, which, combined with the scarcity of resources, undermine competitiveness.

The purpose of this Mini Track is to discuss how we can introduce intellectual capital in SMEs and how to manage this intellectual capital as inducer of innovation. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

§  Intellectual capital management in SMEs;

§  How to introduce intellectual capital in SMEs;

§  Certification / accreditation Models of intellectual capital management;

§  Intellectual capital management and organizational performance in SMEs;

§  Intellectual capital management and Innovation in SMEs.


For mini track submission details, see the Ucall for papersU page.

Florinda Matos

Robert Huggins

Maria Weir

Mini track on Intellectual Capital (IC) amid the global economic crisis of 2007-2009 pdficon_large.gif
Track Chair:
Piotr Wisniewski, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

The current global economic turmoil, precedented in modern history only by the Great Depression, has put numerous macro- and micro-economic models to a veritable test of confidence.

Challenges related to exuberant subprime lending, excessive corporate leverage/gearing, low capital adequacy of financial institutions, stock-market volatility, financial liquidity; accounting, auditing and rating opaqueness, over-reliance on complex financial instruments (securitisation, use of financial derivatives), coincident with patchy regulatory oversight, have contributed to the monumental scale of the crisis. World economic leaders and researchers are debating effective ways of reforming the global economic architecture. The IC community should participate actively in this process, as many of the challenges touch upon IC concepts  whose formal representation under the old economic order has been rather negligible.

Given the “hands-on” relevance of the track, IC and economic practitioners are particularly encouraged to join. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

§  IC identification, taxonomy, measurement and valuation in the run-up to and during the global economic crisis of 2007-2009: why has IC kept such a low profile?

§  IC v. global financial industry regulation, reporting and compliance: what has been overlooked and lessons to be learnt.

§  IC in macro- and micro-economic modelling: the status-quo and prospects.

§  IC vis-à-vis behavioural economics: is the IC notion an eternal hostage to the frailties of human nature?

§  IC’s place in tomorrow’s global economic architecture: how to fix the global economy using the IC toolbox.

§  The IC community’s “home economics” in global terms. How should we organise ourselves to be efficient?


For mini track submission details, see the Ucall for papersU page.

Piotr Wisniewski


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