A critical appreciation of intangible resources in PharmaNutrition

Mark B. van der Waal, Christiaan K. Veldhuizen, Raymond X. van der Waal, Eric Claassen, Linda H.M. van de Burgwal*

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Background: Organizations in knowledge-intensive industries such as the field of PharmaNutrition benefit from a critical consideration of intangible resources for innovation performance and competitive advantage. Effective management of these resources, however, is complicated due to difficulties in their identification, appropriation, application, and evaluation. As a consequence, knowledge-intensive organizations are at risk of suboptimal exploitation of their most important value drivers. Methods: The literature on organizational intangible resources was reviewed as part of an ongoing investigation into effective management of intangible resources in the PharmaNutrition-specific context. Results: Although high-level dimensions of intangible resources are recognized across industries, the identity and relevance of various lower-level components are heterogenous and dependent on organization's unique situational attributes. Despite the existence of historical, industry-sourced tick-the-box lists presented here, an analysis of industry-specific characteristics of intangible resources and mechanisms to appropriate their value is warranted to enable practitioners to innovate effectively and efficiently. Conclusions: This editorial aims to put the topics of intangible resources and their appropriability on the agenda, and invites scholars and practitioners to contribute to the advancement of our understanding regarding these topics through an online survey.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100208
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
Early online date10 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020


  • Appropriability mechanisms
  • Intangible resources
  • Intellectual capital
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Value appropriation


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