The effect of Intellectual Capital and Strategic Partnerships in Construction Companies


  • André Sucena 1NECE- Research Center for Business Sciences, Department of Management and Economics, University of Beira Interior (UBI)
  • Florinda Matos
  • António Nunes



intellectual capital, strategic partnerships, construction industry, knowledge management, competitiveness


The construction industry is facing significant challenges due to globalization, increasing competition, and rapid technological advancements. In this context, intellectual capital and strategic partnerships have emerged as essential factors for the success and competitiveness of construction companies. Intellectual capital encompasses a company's intangible assets, such as knowledge, skills, experience, expertise, and relationships. At the same time, strategic partnerships involve a mutually beneficial relationship between two or more organizations that work together to achieve common goals. This paper aims to explore the effect of intellectual capital and strategic partnerships on the performance and competitiveness of construction companies. The study employs a qualitative research design and uses a literature review approach to analyse existing research and identify key concepts and themes. The findings suggest that intellectual capital and strategic partnerships can significantly improve construction companies' innovation, efficiency, and competitiveness. However, effective management and utilization of these assets require a clear understanding of the company's goals, resources, and capabilities, as well as the development of a collaborative and knowledge-sharing culture. The paper concludes by proposing future research directions and practical implications for construction companies to enhance their intellectual capital and strategic partnerships.