Intellectual capital

Sustaining innovation drive

In order to create and sustain wealth, jobs and income for the population are required. Providing jobs requires producing goods and providing services that people or businesses, domestically or abroad, are willing to buy. This in turn requires products and services to be competitive in the global market in terms of quality and price. To maximise the domestic benefits, the value chain is ideally covered within the boundaries of a national economy - the largest share of adding value is contained in processing raw materials and/or parts to finished products.

Intellectual capital scheme

The Intellectual Capital World Map

Intellectual Capital is the basis for innovation capability and sustainable economic competitiveness. The indicators used for assessing these criteria are composed of data points relating to education, innovation capabilities, and entrepreneurship. Countries with a high score in this ranking are more likely than others to develop (or sustain) successful economies through research and know-ledge driven industries, i.e. high-value added industries, and therefore achieve higher growth rates. All indicators used to assess the innovation capability and sustainable competitiveness have been scored against size of the population or against GDP in order to gain a full picture of the competitiveness, independent of the size of a country. In addition, developments (trends) of performance indicators have also been taken into account.

Dark areas indicate high innovation capital, lighter shades low inovation capital

Global Intellectual Capital Ranking

  • The innovation and competitiveness ranking is topped by South Korea – by a very large margin
  • North-Eastern Asian nations (China, Japan, Singapore) and the OECD countries from the Northern hemisphere dominate the intellectual capital this sub-index.
  • Eastern European countries and Former Soviet Republics also fare well.
  • Malaysia (25), Cuba (38) and Thailand (43) are the highest ranked countries of the Southern hemisphere.
  • Russia is ranked 42, Brazil 50, and India 116.

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