Mary Adams's Blog – May 2013 Archive (9)

What is structural capital?

Structural capital is a special and critical element of intangible capital. It can be both an asset and a liability; it all depends on how stakeholders view the performance of your structural capital.

If you understand human and relationship capital, you can start a business. If your business creates strategic capital for your stakeholders, you can earn a good living.…

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Added by Mary Adams on May 29, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

What is strategic capital?

Strategic capital is a critical element of Intangible capital. It can be both an asset and a liability--it all depends on how stakeholders view the performance of your strategic capital.

The strategic capital is how you put the other elements of your intangible capital to work. You can have great people, great systems and processes, great partners—but without the right…

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Added by Mary Adams on May 28, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

What is human capital?

Human Capital is a critical element of Intangible capital. It can be either an asset a liability--depending on how stakeholders view the performance of your human capital. Human capital is people. And people are at the heart of any organization. Calling people human capital is not meant to demean or de-humanize people. Rather it is a necessary step to identifying specific…

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Added by Mary Adams on May 22, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

What is relationship capital?

Relationship Capital is one of the four cornerstones of intangible capital. It can be both an asset and/or a liability depending on how stakeholders view the performance of your relationship capital.

This includes all kinds of relationships with customers, partners, suppliers, community, government, media, institutions, groups and people who have an interest in the…

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Added by Mary Adams on May 20, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Problem with Accounting

There is a clear and succinct post at WSJ I recommend called Shift to Valuations, Estimates Challenges Auditors  that talks about the challenges auditors face in their evaluation of corporate financial statements. Emily Chanson…

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Added by Mary Adams on May 17, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

What is Intangible Capital?



Intangible Capital. Intellectual Capital. Intangible Assets. Intellectual Property. These phrases get used a lot and many people think they are the same thing. This post is intended to help you understand the difference. Our objective is to provide clarity to our terms and correlation to the impact IC has on business results.

The study of intangibles emerged as a field in the 1990’s to explain the significant shift in our economy and businesses as knowledge became the key…

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Added by Mary Adams on May 15, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

To Change Minds We Need a New Language



Sometimes when I talk about intangible capital I feel that people think I am speaking in a foreign language. We use terms that are different from what has been taught in our colleges, our businesses and in the marketplace.

Intangible capital does have its own language. We speak about human capital, strategic capital, structural capital and relationship capital…

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Added by Mary Adams on May 13, 2013 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Eric Schmidt says it all...

Jay Deragon pointed out yesterday an interview with Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google about disruptive technologies. He opens by saying:

We’re going, in a single lifetime, from a small elite having access to information to essentially everyone in the world having access to all of the world’s information....It changes education. It changes the…

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Added by Mary Adams on May 10, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

How to implant intangible capital into people's heads

One of the challenges we all face in the intangible capital field is awareness. Very few people actually know what IC is and when they hear about the ideas, it sounds too theoretical. I'm always looking to find ways to get past those barriers and get inside peoples' heads.

In a conversation earlier this week, I was reminded of a story told by Clay Christensen about his first meeting ever with Andy Grove at Intel (told here to Wired Magazine):…

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Added by Mary Adams on May 9, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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