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How Intangible Capital Saves Bookshops

Some of the most interesting intangible capital stories these days come from the intersection between businesses that seem to be heavily tangible but are actually succeeding based on their intangibles.  A recent post by Workbar talked about the…


Added by Mary Adams on December 22, 2017 at 11:02am — No Comments

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…


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

Intangibles have an acceleration effect in the recovery of companies after crisis

You can find a paper in which we come to demonstrate the beneficial effect of intangibles in companies. There is an acceleration in the recovery after crisis. 

In the following link, you can access to the paper. It will be available for 50 days.



Added by Angel Barajas on October 2, 2017 at 8:40am — 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…


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):…


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

The Formula For Business Success in the Early Years

It’s 2017, and finally the darkest days of the recession are over. However, while some customers are loosening up their wallets a little, it is clear purchasing habits have changed. People are undoubtedly more careful with their cash than they once were.


With this said, are people now less likely to start their own business? There are a number of thing you have to think about when you’re starting up, and if you want to be successful, you need to have a…


Added by Alice Porter on July 10, 2017 at 6:26am — No Comments

How Technology Has Changed the Healthcare Industry:

The healthcare industry has already had a rocky start in the US and UK in 2017, with political uncertainties and conflicting ideologies about privatisation and national healthcare. On top of this, there is a shortage of health and social care professionals who are currently in training or on the market for different jobs. Because of these shortages, potential funding cuts and the ongoing political uncertainty, the advancement of healthcare technology is becoming increasingly important. There…


Added by Alice Porter on June 29, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments

The Business Model for Helping Working Parents

As a business owner, the key to success is prioritising your employee's happiness. Your employees hold the power to make or break your business, and if they are happy, healthy and motivated, then this will certainly have a positive impact upon your business. Finding the right work-life balance will help with employee retention, will increase productivity within the workspace and will assist with the collaborative efforts. As a business owner, you have to understand that the people…


Added by Alice Porter on June 28, 2017 at 5:09am — 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…


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…


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…


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

The role of Intangibles in Russian firms

Our paper "Bridging the gap in competitiveness of Russian companies with intangible bricks" is already available in Measuring Business Excellence.

In this paper, we analyse the difference of competitiveness between European and Russian companies considering the role of intangibles. We have found a significant difference in the means of competitiveness between European and Russian enterprises. Moreover, we have found a robust negative trend in the global competitiveness of…


Added by Angel Barajas on February 18, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments

Trade Policy needs to Consider Private and Public Intangible Capital

Foreign trade driven by offshoring has caused a large loss in manufacturing jobs. A change in trade policy can return many manufacturing jobs to the USA and stop many additional losses.

The right legal argument recognizes that trade policy and economics don’t account for THE THEFT OF PUBLIC INTANGIBLE CAPITAL (PIC) IN OFFSHORING where the PIC was financed with…


Added by William Miller on February 16, 2017 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Is always beneficial to change towards a strategy intensive in intangibles?

 New paper about the strategy on intangibles. Changing to a more intangible-intensive strategy can have benefits but it has costs so it is important to understand whether there is a threshold for the change. This is analyzed in "Status-quo vs new strategy in intangibles" ( To get the conclusions there are some mathematical procedures that can appear as…


Added by Angel Barajas on January 11, 2017 at 4:35am — No Comments

NASA and The Silver Tsunami of an Aging Workforce and Why

David Oberhettinger, Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO), NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory delivers a half day workshop where participants will learn:

• How key knowledge is worth retaining and reusing

• The Deliberate Approach vs the Emergent Approach to KM Strategic Planning

• KM practices, tools and methods in retaining knowledge

• An Agile KM emergent approach: an enterprise’s KM strategy is not completely planned and deliberated in advance

• How to adopt methods and…


Added by Steven Oesterreich on May 20, 2016 at 12:35am — No Comments

Measuring the unmeasurables: Comparing corporate performance through intangibles

In this link:, you can find a comment on our paper on intangible-intensive profiles in JIC.

This is a comment in the journal Strategic Direction. 

(2016) "Measuring the unmeasurables: Comparing corporate performance through intangibles", Strategic Direction, Vol. 32 Iss: 3, pp.28 - 30.

I hope that you…


Added by Angel Barajas on March 7, 2016 at 4:24am — No 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…


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

Washington Think Tank has an obsolete view of innovation that largely ignores intangible capital

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is one of the best think tanks in Washington because they study how innovation drives economic growth. However, the ITIF largely ignores how intangible capital drives innovation and economic growth. In their recent report,

Contributors and Detractors:Ranking Countries’ Impact on Global Innovation,…


Added by William Miller on January 26, 2016 at 9:32am — No Comments

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