Securing intellectual capital: an exploratory study in Australian Universities

Bongiovanni, I. , Renaud, K. and Cairns, G. (2020) Securing intellectual capital: an exploratory study in Australian Universities. Journal of Intellectual Capital, 21(3), p. 505. (doi: 10.1108/JIC-08-2019-0197)

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Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the links between IC and the protection of data, information and knowledge in universities, as organizations with unique knowledge-related foci and challenges. Design/methodology/approach: The authors gathered insights from existing IC-related research publications to delineate key foundational aspects of IC, identify and propose links to traditional information security that impact the protection of IC. They conducted interviews with key stakeholders in Australian universities in order to validate these links. Findings: The authors’ investigation revealed two kinds of embeddedness characterizing the organizational fabric of universities: (1) vertical and (2) horizontal, with an emphasis on the connection between these and IC-related knowledge protection within these institutions. Research limitations/implications: There is a need to acknowledge the different roles played by actors within the university and the relevance of information security to IC-related preservation. Practical implications: Framing information security as an IC-related issue can help IT security managers communicate the need for knowledge security with executives in higher education, and secure funding to preserve and secure such IC-related knowledge, once its value is recognized. Originality/value: This is one of the first studies to explore the connections between data and information security and the three core components of IC's knowledge security in the university context.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Renaud, Professor Karen and Bongiovanni, Dr Ivano
Authors: Bongiovanni, I., Renaud, K., and Cairns, G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Journal of Intellectual Capital
Publisher:Emerald
ISSN:1469-1930
ISSN (Online):1758-7468
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Emerald Publishing Limited
First Published:First published in Journal of Intellectual Capital 21(3):481-505
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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