Assessing Knowledge Assets in Renewable Energy SMEs in Scotland: A Methodological Framework

Assessing Knowledge Assets in Renewable Energy SMEs in Scotland: A Methodological Framework

Antonio Lerro (University of Basilicata, Italy), Giovanni Schiuma (University of Basilicata, Italy), Robert Huggins (University of Wales Institute Cardiff, UK), Daniel Prokop (University of Wales Institute Cardiff, UK) and Maria Weir (Intellectual Assets Centre, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3886-0.ch024
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Abstract

This chapter develops a research protocol to identify a domain of organizational knowledge resources and assets within firms and provides the final main insights of a research project managed by the Intellectual Assets Center in Scotland in order to support the adoption of knowledge asset management initiatives for driving innovation and performance improvement of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) operating in the renewable energy sector. The chapter first presents a methodology for valuing organizational knowledge assets within SMEs operating in the renewable energy industry. Then, an exploratory survey with a sample of 58 organizations from the Scottish renewable energy sector is introduced. Finally, the chapter analyses and discusses the main insights about SMEs’ perception and orientation to identifying, measuring, and managing knowledge, and to qualitatively identify a feasible set of knowledge resources and assets potentially driving performance improvement.
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A Methodology For Valuing Organizational Knowledge Assets

To achieve a more fine-grained insight into knowledge resources and assets, we present a four-step methodology for valuing organizational knowledge in renewable energy industry constructed from practicing owners and managers’ perspectives. We test it with 8 Scottish organizations. Then, an exploratory survey was administered on 58 Scottish SMEs organizations operating in renewables.

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