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Integrated perspectives and opportunities: WIPO Intangible Capital Study

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently released its World Intellectual Property Report 2017 under the title Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains.  The key finding of the…

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Added by Mary Adams on December 5, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Best Buy's Intangible Capital Secrets

I was reading a NY Times article this morning entitled, Best Buy’s Secrets for Surviving in the Amazon Age. Of course, I couldn’t help myself and I started tallying their intangible capitals in my head.  Thought I’d share my tally and the…

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Added by Mary Adams on September 19, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

A New Way of Looking at Intangible Capital

For many years, my work in the intellectual/intangible capital field focused on the kinds of capitals that are considered intangible from an accounting perspective: human, relationship and structural capital. But the integrated reporting movement has challenged me to see things more broadly. That movement combines three perspectives (click to view full size):…

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Added by Mary Adams on July 24, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments

Value Management - The next stage in integrated thinking

The stated goal of integrated reporting is to explain “how a company creates value over time.”

To date, a lot of the focus in practice (and theory) has been on identifying the key capitals that drive this value creation. But the question about how value and the capitals change over time, and…

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Added by Mary Adams on June 26, 2017 at 4:52pm — No Comments

The Drive for Integration

Today 100% of U.S. public companies provide accounting information publicly. It’s a requirement and an accepted practice. At the same time, over 80% of those…

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Added by Mary Adams on June 22, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

How to think about value creation in an integrated way

I have been challenging myself to find ways to bring the richness of the intellectual/intangible capital field to the integrated thinking and reporting movement. 

The three papers shared here are the product of that thinking. We're on a journey together. I hope to hear your feedback and…

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Added by Mary Adams on May 22, 2017 at 8:30am — 14 Comments

Decoding Larry Fink’s CEO Letter

Blackstone is the world’s largest investor. So it’s news when its CEO, Larry Fink, sends a letter to the CEO’s of the S&P 500. He sent one last year and just sent a new one this month that is printed in full at Business Insider in which he calls for longer-term thinking in American companies. It’s an exciting read for those of us who believe that longer-term thinking will…

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Added by Mary Adams on February 10, 2016 at 4:32pm — No Comments

An integrated view of sustainability

Recently, I had a great conversation with two people in the corporate sustainability office of a NY-based company. They have been on a journey toward changing their actions and their communications to become more sustainable from an environmental and social perspective. They were talking to me because they…

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Added by Mary Adams on January 21, 2016 at 1:33pm — No Comments

A better New Year’s resolution for you and your company through integrated thinking

New Year’s resolutions are just like a lot of corporate goals. They start out sounding great but don’t end up happening as planned. That’s because the primary focus is on the KPI’s, not on building the system to deliver on the KPI’s.

Here's a simple (hopefully not simplistic) analogy: A person has a…

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Added by Mary Adams on January 5, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

An Integrated View of Chipotle

In recent weeks, Chipotle has been through a number of crises where customers have grown ill. The first involved e coli-infected in Washington and Oregon. This week, 80 students fell sick with the in Massachusetts. Because I like to use Chipotle to explain integrated thinking, I’ve been paying special attention to this news.



Integrated thinking can be a powerful way of understanding what drives a company’s success. I often use Chipotle and Taco Bell as an illustration of how to…

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Added by Mary Adams on December 17, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Integrated Conversations at Sustainatopia

Right before Thanksgiving I attended Sustainatopia. It was the first time the conference was held in Boston (it started in Florida and has also been held in California). It’s a really broad group of people and discussion tracks including impact investment, smart cities, LOHAS (lifestyle of health and sustainability), sustainable strategies and innovation, empowering women and millennials.

I was on a panel with Dr. Stephen…

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Added by Mary Adams on December 4, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

A U.S. View on Integrated Thinking and Reporting

In the last month or so, I’ve attended a program on Integrated Reporting and another on Integrated Thinking in New York, both organized by Skytop Strategies. Skytop has been boldly moving forward with an agenda of programs designed to bring together a diverse group of integrated thinkers in the U.S.

I’m excited that there is a…

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Added by Mary Adams on December 2, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Report from the Integrated Reporting Convention

As part of my journey to using a more fully “integrated” framework of the capitals that form the foundation of today’s companies, I attended three conferences in the last month (phew!). They came in quick succession and I’m still digesting it all. But I promised a number of people in our community that I would share some impressions. Here are some first thoughts with more to…

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Added by Mary Adams on November 30, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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.

Sounds…

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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…

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

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

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

Update

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…
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Added by Mary Adams on August 11, 2015 at 1:14pm — 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…

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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…

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

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