Relationship between University Performance and Dimensions of Intellectual Capital: An Empirical Investigation

1LMT School of Management, Thapar University, Derabassi Campus, Punjab, India.
2School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Thapar University, Patiala Campus, Punjab, India.
DOI: 10.14689/ejer.2017.71.12


Purpose: India is the second largest higher education system in the world and 50% of its population is under 25 years. This demographic advantage can be leveraged only if India has a formidable higher education system. Present study tries to explore the relationship between intellectual capital and university performance across North India with an objective of providing fruitful insights to the policy makers about the areas of focus.

Research Method: Quantitative research design was used for the study. Respondents of the study were comprised of faculty members of universities from selected North Indian states. Regression analysis using SPSS was employed to study the relationship between the two dimensions of intellectual capital and university performance.

Findings: Findings revealed that universities need to operate in close interactions with government institutions and private industries that help enhance relational capital. Organizational capital emerged as a major dimension that affects university performance. The study gives university policy makers tools in the form of organizational and relational capital that can be leveraged to enhance performance.

Implications for Research and Practice: These findings are pertinent for the top management of universities which can focus on strengthening relational capital by building strong relationships with alumni and industry, facilitating consulting and having consistent interactions with stakeholders in order to enhance university performance. Results imply that in addition to relying on teaching expertise and teaching pedagogy, planners need to focus equally or more.

Keywords: Organizational capital relational capital university performance faculty perspective.