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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


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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


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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…

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


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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…

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


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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…

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


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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


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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…

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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…
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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 .…

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


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Chipotle moves to preserve its intangible capital

Chipotle recently announced that it was dropping pork from its menus in many of its restaurants because a key supplier was not raising its livestock according to their standards. It's a…

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Added by Mary Adams on January 22, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments


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IC to Maximize IP Value

Thanks to Oxfirst and Ken Jarboe for an interesting webinar today on Maximizing IP Value.

The short version of our message is that stand-alone IP generally has a much lower value than IP associated with a strong IC ecosystem. You want to build that ecosystem whenever possible. But to really maximize the value, you've got to be able to tell the story about that ecosystem so people have confidence that it's there. The slides are on the home page of the…

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Added by Mary Adams on January 21, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments


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Linkages between capitals.

I came across this interesting discussion on getting the CEO's attention that I think is especially relevant to promoting greater understanding of intangible capital. Every year the Conference Board does a survey of CEOs around the world on what they see as the biggest issues facing them. In this video Bart Van Ark discusses the most recent CEO Challenges survey. The number one issue facing CEOs is human capital. But he makes the point that CEOs are now focused more on the utilization of…

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Added by Kenan Jarboe on January 9, 2015 at 3:49pm — No Comments


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Upcoming webinar on IP and IC

Mary Adams and I will be hosting a webinar on "Maximizing your IP" for the consulting company Oxfirst. 

Intellectual Property (IP) is a critical strategic asset for corporations. But there are enormous differences in the value of IP stemming from the ecosystem that supports commercialization of the IP. What are the elements of the IP ecosystem? Can they be modeled and measured? The answer is yes. This talk will introduce basic concepts about how to model, measure and maximize the…

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Added by Kenan Jarboe on January 9, 2015 at 10:13am — No Comments


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i-innovate brings intangible capital training to new grads

I had the opportunity to Skype into several sessions  of a wonderful program put on by SmarterCo partner Melanie Sutton of i-innovate in South Africa  (including the…

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Added by Mary Adams on December 15, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments


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Timken needed an ICountant

Giving into pressure from activist shareholders, Timken recently split in two companies. There was a detailed profile of the situation in the New York Times on Sunday.

I was struck by one of the early unqualified statements by author Nelson D. Schwartz:

As in all publicly traded companies, TinkenSteel’s board and top executives have…

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Added by Mary Adams on December 8, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments

The dynamics of intellectual resources during the economic crisis

I have just published a paper with my co-author Elena Shakina about the changing role of IC during the economic crisis. 

This study has been carried out in our International Laboratory 'Intagible-driven Economy' (ID Lab). 

The paper investigates factors of corporate success over the crisis period of 2008–2009. We advocate the idea that investments in intangibles allow a company to be better off, even if the markets go down. We have…

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Added by Angel Barajas on December 1, 2014 at 4:37am — No Comments


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Nike's Intangible Capital Calculation

There’s a great discussion of the secondary market for Nike in this NPR podcast (based on this…

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Added by Mary Adams on November 24, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments


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Who’s looking out for JetBlue’s intangible capital?

When I have made plane reservations for my college student sons over the past few years, they never insisted on an airline but they always thanked me profusely when I booked them on JetBlue.

That may be changing. The company made the announcement on Wednesday of a number of changes:

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 11/19/14 -- JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) today outlined a long-term plan to drive shareholder returns through new and existing initiatives aimed at…

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Added by Mary Adams on November 21, 2014 at 1:14pm — No Comments


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Three things that make a company smarter

We spend a lot of time in this community talking about how to make companies smarter and more successful. But a few weeks ago, I realized that we have never really defined what we mean by "smarter companies." The answers are complex and rich and something we all need to continue to define. 

But…

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Added by Mary Adams on November 3, 2014 at 2:48pm — No Comments


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Measuring intangibles investment at a corporate level

This summer I wrote about the great research on intangibles in the Chilean Wine Industry done by Mark Dutz and colleagues at the World Bank. And I promised to let everyone know when the full study was released. Here it is and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in intangibles: Public and private…

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Added by Mary Adams on October 28, 2014 at 12:53pm — No Comments

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