Measuring organisation capital at the firm level: a production function approach


Rammer, Christian ; Roth, Felix Maximilian ; Trunschke, Markus


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URL: https://madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/55855
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-558557
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 20-021
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: D24 , E22 , L25,
Keywords (English): Organisation capital , production function , CIS
Abstract: Organisation capital is one of the key intangible assets of firms, driving innovation and firm performance. Measuring this asset has been notoriously difficult, however. Differently to other intangible assets, firms do not build up organisation capital primarily by monetary investment but rather through establishing new organisational routines and building up trust, which often do not coincide with any financial expenditure. Quantifying such efforts at the firm level has largely failed so far. This paper takes up a traditional production function approach which includes, in addition to labour and tangible assets, investment in all measurable intangible assets (technological and non-technological knowledge, software and databases, firm-specific human capital, brand equity), but excluding organisation capital. The residuum of the estimation is considered as a measure of a firm' organisation capital. Using panel data from the German innovation survey, we find higher organisation capital in young and small firms. Our measure tends to show a u-shaped link to qualitative indicators such as organisational innovation.

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Rammer, Christian ; Roth, Felix Maximilian ; Trunschke, Markus (2020) Measuring organisation capital at the firm level: a production function approach. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 20-021 [Working paper]
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