Intellectual Capital Efficiency and Firm’s Performance: Study on Malaysian Financial Sectors

Nik Maheran Nik Muhammad, Md Khairu Amin Ismail


It is no doubt that successful companies tend to be those that continually innovate, relying on new technologies and emphasize on skills and knowledge of their employees rather than assets such as plants or machinery.  Knowledge being the new engine of corporate development has become one of the great clichés of recent years.  Value can be generated by intangibles, which are not always reflected in financial statements. Forward-looking companies have realized that these are an integral part of fully understanding the performance of their business.  This study therefore tries to investigate the efficiency of intellectual capital and its performance in Malaysian financial sectors.  The results were based on the data taken from 18 companies under financial sector for the year 2007.  It was found that the banking sector relied more on intellectual capital followed by insurance companies and Brokerage firms.  It was also found that intellectual capital has significant and positive relationships with company’s performance measured by profitability and Return on Assets (ROA). 

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International Journal of Economics and Finance  ISSN  1916-971X (Print) ISSN  1916-9728 (Online)

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