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The Intangible Capital in Coffee

I’ve just started working out of WorkBar in Boston. One of the many cool benefits of working here are the special programs for members.

On Friday there was a talk about coffee given by Equal Exchange (EE) based in Bridgewater MA. As I thought later about the…

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Added by Mary Adams on November 25, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

A Sign of Growth!

We had our first big change to one of our open source products this week.

It‘s a change to our ICounts Canvas that was submitted by Mindaugas Cerpickis, an ICountant from TPA/IPR Plaza in Amsterdam. The changes are mostly related to format but they feel really big to us because they increase the understandability and usability of the tool.…

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Added by Mary Adams on November 20, 2013 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Outside-In Measurement

The signs are all around. LinkedIn’s endorsements. Social media wins and losses for companies (did you hear about JP Morgan’s Twitter debacle?). And this …

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Added by Mary Adams on November 18, 2013 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Why ICounting?

For as long as I have been interested in intangible capital, I’ve had this problem. I explain what I mean by intangibles and people immediately frame it within existing constructs. This sometimes leads to the elephant problem. But it also leads to the accounting problem. What I mean is when people like valuation professionals, accountants and finance people (among others) tell me that…

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Added by Mary Adams on November 13, 2013 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Thinking Long Term

My reading pile has grown and gotten a little out of control in the past few weeks. I promise to dig in more on some of these many developments. However, many of them the continuation of issues/approaches we have discussed before and change still isn’t happening.

The pile includes new information about Shared Value (Porter), Knowledge-Based Capital (OECD), IIRC, Shift Index and Cultures of Purpose (Deloitte), End of Shareholder Value (Drucker Institute). They are all talking about the…

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Added by Mary Adams on November 6, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Elephant in the Room

I tend to use the elephant analogy a lot. I’ve used it a number of times in the last few weeks. I used it when I was at the Unycom conference in Graz and just used it again in conversations with John Dumay, our academic collaborator from Australia (who happens to also be a big Red Sox fan and has been at Games 4, 5, and 6). And I just used it again on a career panel for…

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Added by Mary Adams on November 4, 2013 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Strong Smarter Companies Showing at ICICKM

There were people from 40 countries who attended International Conference on Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management (ICICKM) in DC last week. As always, it was great to see old friends from our community.

Our contingent included Xiaomi An, LinLin Cai, Paul Okeke,…

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Added by Mary Adams on October 28, 2013 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Social Business Needs to Take to the Streets

There’s been quite a firestorm on the web started by Chris Heuer declaring Social Business Is Dead – Long Live What’s Next.  I’m interested because I see social business as a parallel and overlapping concept with intangible capital and new forms of measurement.

Basically,…

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Added by Mary Adams on October 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

IP Management QuickScan

Awhile back, I developed a free tool for evaluating IP using IC concepts. A number of people have asked me to bring it back so I am providing it here (see terms of use below). Let me know what you think. Maybe we’ll automate it again….

Background

Most companies develop intellectual property for their own use. In this situation, the ultimate success and value of a specific piece of IP ends up depending on the success of the business supporting…

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Added by Mary Adams on October 17, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Stakeholder Value as the Path to True Shareholder Value

Leif Edvinsson sent me a link to this article last week entitled The Long View: Why “Maximizing Shareholder Value” Is On Its Way Out by Rick Warzman, the Executive Director of the Drucker…

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Added by Mary Adams on October 16, 2013 at 11:13am — No Comments

Smart Insiders in Graz

I just got back from another trip to Europe. This time I was at the Smart Insider user conference for Unycom, the software company that’s been doing exciting work for IP departments of many European (an now U.S.) firms.  The conference opened with a really fun conversation with…

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Added by Mary Adams on October 14, 2013 at 9:01am — No Comments

Dancing Around Twitter’s Intangible Capital

Everything you read about the Twitter IPO is talking about pieces of its intangible capital. Not a big surprise—it’s a perfect example of a social technology company built almost completely of intangibles.

But as someone interested in the field, I get frustrated that the holistic view that IC brings is often lacking. In an effort to gain such…

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Added by Mary Adams on October 7, 2013 at 9:37am — No Comments

Don’t Get Blindsided

I was sitting on my couch flipping through Fast Company last night and found two articles back to back in the Next section that are like a double punch for any businessperson who isn’t already thinking about how social technologies will change their world. (I was so struck by the double whammy, I…

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Added by Mary Adams on October 3, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

ICounting at Innotribe

On the closing day of Sibos, the Innotribe team and I lead an exercise to introduce the bankers in the room to the basic ideas around ICounting. It was really fun to work with …

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Added by Mary Adams on September 30, 2013 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Sibos, Innotribe and Dealing with Disruption in Finance

I have an admission to make. I was at this enormous Sibos banking conference with 9,000 people and managed to basically never leave the stimulating environment created by Innotribe. Innotribe creates a world unto itself that you enter by heading through a portal and down a hall filled with ever changing music, video and displays. And the space itself was designed to make it…

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Added by Mary Adams on September 26, 2013 at 8:18am — No Comments

Report from Sibos: Investment Management 2.0

We had a spirited discussion with the audience yesterday at Sibos. My fellow panelist,  Stephen Richards,  focused on the need for structural changes in the industry.   I tried to explain how the changes in technology were fueling changes in the role of capital and the drivers of success in business. The rise of intangibles means that the you can't understand the outlook for…

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Added by Mary Adams on September 16, 2013 at 10:33pm — No Comments

What we’re doing to support positive change in the global investment management industry

This is the fourth in a series of posts leading up to our upcoming sessions at Sibos. In the first posts in this series I talked about how the basic model of value creation is shifting from extraction to attraction, what this means for management and how technology is ensuring that these changes…

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Added by Mary Adams on September 15, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments

What’s behind the coming changes in the global investment management industry?

Today, we had an amazing day with our partners in Holland, IPR Plaza, TPA and i2c.  We took video and photos and will share more soon.

Now it's on to Dubai!

This is actually the third in a series of posts leading up to our upcoming session at Sibos. In the first posts in this series I talked about how the basic model of value creation is shifting from extraction to attraction and…

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Added by Mary Adams on September 13, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Investment Management 2.0

T his is the second of a series of post leading up to our upcoming sessions at Sibos. In the first post in this series I talked about how the basic model of value creation is shifting from extraction to attraction. This shift demands dramatically different ways of thinking about management in general and…

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Added by Mary Adams on September 12, 2013 at 11:21am — No Comments

IC and Change in the Global Investment Management Industry

This is the first part of a series of posts leading up to our sessions in the Value Track in the Innotribe sessions at Sibos next week. Sibos is the annual conference of SWIFT (the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial…

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Added by Mary Adams on September 11, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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