CONTINGENCY is an existing condition involving uncertainty as to possible gain (gain contingency) or loss (loss contingency) that will be resolved by future events. Estimates, such as the useful life of an asset, are not contingencies. Eventual expiration of the asset's utility is not uncertain.
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE exists when the firm is able to deliver the same benefits as competitors but at a lower cost (cost advantage), or deliver benefits that exceed those of competing products (differentiation advantage). Thus, a competitive advantage enables the firm to create superior value for its customers and superior profits for itself. See also SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.
INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL Intellectual capital bundles knowledge resources (how the 'production functions', that is the constellation of employees, users, processes and technologies, work). Intellectual capital enables a company to make a difference to users via its knowledge resources.
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