Design of a weighted and informed NK model for intellectual capital-based innovation planning

Irene Y.H. Fan, Wing Bun Lee

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Innovation is the driving force for value creation and future survival of an organization. This paper proposes a study of organizational innovation performance with an intellectual capital-based view using complexity theory. It presents the methodologies and model for the study integrating survey study, structural equation modeling and an extended NK model. The constraints of NK model applying in management studies are also addressed. The model is developed based on the NK model, with extensions to allow non-binary alleles, non-integer degree of complexity and weighted contribution of different intellectual capital (IC) components to the fitness value of innovation performance. The weighted and informed NK model simulates an organization's search for better innovation performance with the consideration of the current IC status of the organization, and the unique complexity and interdependency among the IC components. The methodologies and the simulation model have been applied on a R&D group in the information and communication technology industry with results that demonstrated the descriptive and predictive power of the model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9222-9229
Number of pages8
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012


  • Complexity
  • Innovation performance
  • Intellectual capital
  • Knowledge sharing
  • NK model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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