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THE IMPACT OF INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL IN ORGANIZATIONAL INNOVATION: CASE STUDY AT KUWAIT PETROLEUM CORPORATION (KPC)

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THE IMPACT OF INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL IN ORGANIZATIONAL INNOVATION: CASE STUDY AT KUWAIT PETROLEUM CORPORATION (KPC)

 

 

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study the relationship between intellectual capital and organizational innovation in Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) through a case study at KPC on the employees of the corporation (The study population was 2,180 respondents and the sample size was 335 respondents).

Design/methodology/approach – The statistical package for social science was used to analyze the data. While trying to explore the relationship between intellectual capital and innovation, the researcher used the descriptive analytical method and the case study methodology using various references, periodicals, internal and external documents and data, in addition to conducting a field study on a sample of employees of KPC, through a questionnaire form containing the axes that reflect the study variables.

Findings – There is a relative approval between the sample of the research on the existence of a good role for training in the corporation in terms of availability for all employees and the compatibility of training programs with the actual needs of employees, and linking the training paths and career paths for promotions in the corporation. The researcher attributed this to the employees’ awareness to the importance of training and its role in raising their performance levels, and the awareness of the corporation to the importance of training and capacity building of the human element.

Originality/value – The research, in general, demonstrated the importance of human capital as the organization’s most valuable assets, especially as it supports creativity and innovation, thus enabling competitiveness. The research stressed that human capital is the most important element in the formation of intellectual capital, which requires decision-makers to support it and give the intellectual and human aspects a strategic content that meets the needs to develop innovation and institutional education and to recruit systems and indicators to measure the performance objectively to achieve the goal of survival of the corporation in a competitive sustainable environment, through providing material and moral potentials that can support the implementation of organizational innovation at various levels.

Keywords Intellectual capital, Human capital, Structural capital, Human resources, Kuwait,

Organizational innovation, Empowerment, Client capital, KPC, Innovation