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Integrated Thinking: What’s Missing?

I’m happy to be speaking on a panel Thursday at Skytop Strategies’ Symposium on Integrated Thinking. The panel is called Drivers of Integrated Thinking: What’s Missing from the Existing Guidance.



Added by Mary Adams on November 3, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

From IC to IR: Why I’m expanding my focus

If you have talked to me for any length of time about what I do, chances are I’ve quoted the story about the Blind Men and the Elephant. It’s because it’s a clear way to explain the challenge of measuring and…


Added by Mary Adams on October 28, 2015 at 4:09pm — 2 Comments

A novel, holistic method for Intellectual Capital Evaluation and Management via Stakeholders’ Feedback: the Case of ValueRabbit

I am glad to share with you the main findings of my research project on ValueRabbit, a new and holistic IC Evaluation and Management scorecard model developed in collaboration with SmarterCompanies and Fast Forward Advisors.

It is a master degree thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in…


Added by Alice Tabarelli on October 24, 2015 at 5:49am — 1 Comment

Intangible-intensive profile of a company: the key to outperforming

New paper in JIC with my co-author Elena Shakina. You can find it at:


Added by Angel Barajas on October 5, 2015 at 3:10am — No Comments

Smarter-Companies Finalist in International Case Study Competition!

I just got back from the European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM). The big driver for me was the first (as far as I know) case study competition for Intellectual Capital and Knowledge…


Added by Mary Adams on September 17, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Pioneering in Integrated Reporting in South Africa

South Africa is leading the way on the usage and adoption of the integrated reporting approach. Ernst & Young encourage this through a bench marking of the listed companies, presently in its forth year.

In the recent report "EY’s Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards 2014" it does make for interesting reading on where the use of all the combined capitals are encouraged but still shows that progress seems to be significantly lacking.

The stated purpose of the…


Added by Paul Hobcraft on September 15, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Intangibles and Sustainability

Just had an article published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. The theme of the issue was Sustainability and Shareholder Value. My article was entitled Intangibles and Sustainability: Holistic approaches to measuring and managing value creation. I was honored to be in great company of thought leaders from the academic and business worlds.…


Added by Mary Adams on August 27, 2015 at 11:06am — 5 Comments

Looking at THE capitals within the Banking Industry

Just out a paper that might offer some useful reading on the treatment of THE capitals within Banking..

The report opens with "Traditionally, reporting in the banking industry has focused on financial capital and, to some extent, human capital. With the emergence of a digitized world and the notion of the banks themselves under threat of disintermediation, careful consideration of the use of, and effects on, other capitals is increasingly important."

"This paper…


Added by Paul Hobcraft on August 25, 2015 at 11:43am — No Comments

The shift to intangibles within the digital age

It has been a while since I posted onto Smarter Companies but this held my attention and has got me thinking about the wider aspects of our intangibles and the impact digitization is having on bringing this further to the fore. 

I've taken this from an extended post on my site as I think it has a real relevance to the community here.

The shift to intangibles within the digital…


Added by Paul Hobcraft on August 12, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments


It’s been awhile since I have written regularly. I’ve been busy on some projects that I’ll be talking about in the coming weeks. For now, here’s a highlight of news and activities:

  • I’ve been developing the most automated, simplest version of our stakeholder feedback platform in collaboration with a team in Europe. There’s a free version that you can try now if you’re interested (just contact me directly). Or watch for a bigger launch soon!
  • I’ve also…

Added by Mary Adams on August 11, 2015 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Intangible Assets as a Framework for Sustainable Value Creation

Athena Alliance is pleased to release a new working paper on Intangible Assets as a Framework for Sustainable Value Creation.

To become and remain successful, companies have come to understand that they need to follow a strategy of seek sustainable value creation. As a… Continue

Added by Kenan Jarboe on July 13, 2015 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Productivity, growth and intangible capital: a short history lesson

Earlier this year, Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, gave a fascinating speech on "Growing, fast and slow." In it he succinctly sums up the history of economic growth. As he notes, "If the history of growth were a 24-hour clock, 99% would have come in the last 20 seconds." Given that economic growth is a very new phenomenon, he goes on to look at where growth comes from.… Continue

Added by Kenan Jarboe on May 14, 2015 at 12:53pm — No Comments

New IP finance toolkit from UK IP Office

In previous postings, I reported on the efforts of the UK Intellectual Property Office to foster the utilization of IP as a financial asset. In 2013 I posted an item on their report on Banking on IP? The role of intellectual property and intangible assets in facilitating business finance. Last year, there was… Continue

Added by Kenan Jarboe on March 12, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments

Why do you like IC?

Our community continues to grow. For me, one of our collective strengths is our diversity. We have representatives from all over the world and from many different disciplines. This means that we each bring something different to the study of intangible capital.

But this diversity can make it challenging to find ways work together. In order to help us find channels for collective action, I…


Added by Mary Adams on March 4, 2015 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Our training program is now on line!

One of the core offerings of Smarter-Companies is our training for internal and external consultants. In the past, the only way to access the training was by signing up in advance to pursue ICountant certification and licensing. I did all the training personally. That made the training very expensive and less accessible for those just looking to get a start in our field. So in recent months, I’ve worked with partners at e-Bright to create a new, on-line version of our training program. It’s…


Added by Mary Adams on March 4, 2015 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Value Creation Scorecard

I was the guest speaker last night for the Massachusetts Systems Contractors Association (MSCA). The goal was to help them think about building a stronger future for their businesses.

As I like to do, most of the talk was interactive using a worksheet to help them think about the tangible and intangibles drivers of their success. I've been playing around with some new approaches and created a new worksheet that I promised to put…


Added by Mary Adams on February 25, 2015 at 11:15am — No Comments

Webinar: Update on UK's efforts to use IP for financing

A little over a year ago, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) issued a report on Banking on IP? The role of intellectual property and intangible assets in facilitating business finance (see earlier posting). And last spring, that office outlined a number of specific steps to be taken to increase the use of… Continue

Added by Kenan Jarboe on February 13, 2015 at 1:27pm — No Comments

IC to Measure Innovation Capacity?

One of our ICountants, Vedran Antoljak, posed this question:

In case of EU, some countries (such as Hungary) have included measures of Innovation Capacities as one of criteria when evaluating projects for EU and national grants and other co-financing programs. In other words, if we would be able to push this for IC, it would tremendously increase companies' appetite for use of IC measurement tools such as iCounts. This is a tough and risky approach, but it would bring high…


Added by Mary Adams on February 4, 2015 at 4:47pm — No Comments

The 2015 Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital Excellence Awards

The Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital Excellence Awards, will be held at the 16th European Conference on Knowledge Management this year on the 3-4th of September at The University of Udine, Italy.

We invite submissions in the form of a brief case history of a Knowledge Management or Intellectual Capital initiative you have been involved in. The case history will include:

  • Introduction to the nature of the Knowledge Management…

Added by Sue Nugus on January 29, 2015 at 11:40am — No Comments

Major reports misunderstand intangible capital and the linkage to innovation and economic growth

Intangible Capital (IC) is misunderstood by the federal government, universities, economists, think tanks in Washington, and other organizations such as The Conference Board. Here’s a new report by the Information Technology  and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) entitled “The Limits of the Knowledge-Based Capital (KBC) Framework” that is unaware of intangible capital frameworks such as described by SmarterCompanies .…


Added by William Miller on January 22, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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