WP 3. Intangible Assets (Organisational and Firm-Specific Human Capital) as the Determinants of Productivity Growth

Aims and research questions

Resource-based view (Teece 2007) states that productivity differences between firms can be explained by the firms’ resources and capabilities, where the emphasis is on intangible assets. Structural change in developed economies has reduced the role of manufacturing production and intangibles have gained even larger role for growth. Widespread is the understanding that the organisational and human capital play crucial role for productivity growth (Corrado et al. 2009). However, the exact mechanisms and processes underlying this capital are still vague and need to be studied further (Crook et al. 2008). WP3 aims to clarify the relationships between the elements of organisational and human capital individually and in conjunction to firm productivity.

The following research questions are addressed:

  1. How are elements of organisational capital related to firm productivity?
  2. How are firm-specific human capital and relations related to firm productivity?
  3. How important are complementarities of intangible assets in explaining firm productivity?

Research team

Maaja Vadi

Professor, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia

Email: maaja.vadi@ut.ee

Research Themes: 
Individual values, attitudes, and behavior in organizations, organizational culture, values, national culture in the organizational context, management/leadership and organizations in the transitional countries.

Biography: 
Maaja Vadi (1955) is the head of chair of management in the University of Tartu. She has published articles in journals (Management International Review, International Journal of Manpower, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, Journal of Health Organization and Management, Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal etc. ), edited books (i.e. by Emerald (Dis)honesty in Management: Manifestations and Consequences) and special issues of journals. Maaja Vadi is a member of editorial board of several international academic journals and is the elected president of ISSWOV. She has supervised more than 10 doctoral dissertations and worked as the consultant for many companies and governmental organizations in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Finland. Maaja Vadi delivers academic courses in Estonia and has conducted academic lectures in Japan, Iceland, France, Slovenia, and Sweden.

See more at Estonian Research Information System

She has participated in various EU (i.e. 7th FP) and Estonian research projects. 

 

Krista Jaakson

Research Fellow, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia

Email: krista.jaakson@ut.ee

Research Themes: 
Organisational culture & values, management

Biography: 
Krista Jaakson (1974) is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Tartu. Her research fields are related to individual and organisational values, management and employee participation.  

She published papers at Cross-Cultural Management: An International Journal, Baltic Journal of Management, Journal of Management Development, among others. See more at Estonian Research Information System

In the current project she coordinates studies under WP3 and conducts research on determinants of dishonest behaviours among service employees and organisational culture change in relation to performance.

 

Anne Aidla

Research Fellow, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia

Email: Anne.Aidla@ut.ee

Research Themes: 
Individual differences, organisational culture, organisational performance

Biography: 
Anne Aidla (1974) is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Tartu. Her research fields are related to individual differences, organisational culture and organisational performance. 

She has published papers at European Journal of Higher Education, Baltic Journal of Economics, among others. See more at Estonian Research Information System

In the current project she contributes to WP3 and conducts research about how considering customers’ personality traits can contribute to success of personal selling and how inequity perception influences individuals’ behaviour (incl. performance).

 

Anne Reino

Associate professor, Research Fellow, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia

Email: anne.reino@ut.ee

Research Themes: 
Organisational culture & values, management, business ethics

Biography: 
Anne Reino is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Tartu. Her research fields are related to organisational culture and values, management and business ethics. 

She published papers at Baltic Journal of Management, TRAMES: Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Industry and Higher Education, among others. See more at Estonian Research Information System

In the current project she conducts research under WP3.  

 

Anneli Kaasa

Senior Research Fellow, Associate Professor, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia

Email: anneli.kaasa@ut.ee  

Research Themes: 
Social capital, cultural differences, innovation and economic growth

Biography: 
Anneli Kaasa (1975)  PhD, is Associate Professor of Economics and Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Tartu, Estonia. She has been teaching Mathematics for Economics and Microeconomics. Her research interests include social capital, culture and values, human capital, innovation, economic development.

He has published papers at Technovation, Acta Sociologica, Manaegement International Review, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, among others. See more at Estonian Research Information System

He has participated in various EU and Estonian research projects. In the current project she contributes studying the relationships of culture and social capital with productivity at the society-level.

 

Eneli Kindsiko

Research Fellow, Lecturer, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia

Email: eneli.kindsiko@ut.ee  

Research Themes: 
Quantitative research, career of PHD-s, academic labour market

Biography: 
Eneli Kindsiko (1986)  PhD, is Research fellow and Lecturer at the School of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Tartu, Estonia. She has been teaching Research Methods in Business and Economics, Research and Data Analysis Methods in Economics, Strategic Management, Management. Her research interests include Quantitative research, career of PHD-s, academic labour market.

She has published papers at Trames, Journalism Practice etc. See more at Estonian Research Information System

She has participated in various EU and Estonian research projects. 

 

Contact

Maaja Vadi
Professor
School of Economics and Business Administration

University of Tartu
J. Liivi 4
50409 Tartu
Estonia

Tel. +372 737 6323
maaja.vadi@ut.ee