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International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital

ISSN (printed): 1479-4853. ISSN (electronic): 1479-4861.

Strategy management is concerned with understanding the forces and causes that explain performance differences between organisations. One approach studies industry structures as external determinants of organisational performance. An alternative approach focuses on internal resources and capabilities as sources of sustained competitive advantage. This is the resource and capabilities theory of the firm. On the other hand, the knowledge-based view of the firm considers the firm as a repository of knowledge-based resources and capabilities. To the extent that these resources and capabilities are unique, rare, difficult to imitate and non-substitutable, they confer sustained competitive advantage on the firm. Thus, in these approaches, organisational performance differences are a result of different stocks of knowledge-based resources and capabilities. In parallel to this, intellectual capital literature focuses on the measurement of firms' knowledge base. It also deals with building guidelines for the development of ''intellectual capital accounts'', a corporate report to inform about firms' stock of knowledge-based resources. The IJLIC provides a global forum for exchanging research findings and case studies which bridge the latest advances on organisational learning, knowledge management and intellectual capital measuring and reporting. It promotes ways in which knowledge management, intellectual capital and organisational learning impact on firms' competitive advantage in the New Economy. The topics of Organisational Learning (OL), Knowledge Management (KM) and Intellectual Capital (IC) are receiving increased interest both from the academic community and companies because of the influence of innovation and learning on the achievement of a competitive advantage for the firm in the New Economy. Literature on knowledge management and intellectual capital suggests that competitive advantage flows from the creation, ownership, protection, storage and use of certain knowledge-based organisational resources. Superior organisational performance depends on firms' ability to be good at innovation, learning, protecting, deploying, amplifying and measuring these strategic intangible resources. The objective of IJLIC is to bring together a selection of new perspectives that collectively articulate a knowledge-based view of strategy management. It adopts a knowledge-based view that considers the role of the firm in the nurturing, deployment, storage and measurement of the organisation's knowledge.

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