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Thinking about Strategy

A very interesting book by Richard Whittington of the Said Business School in Oxford. Not meant as a review but i used a few of these slides on a presentation.

Thinking about Strategy

Measuring Intangible Assets

Here’s a paper i wrote on how companies might approach measuring their intangible assets ie those other than premises / plant and capital. Although it is a couple of years old it might serve as an introduction to the topic – comments are welcome

Measuring Intangible Assets

Executive Summery

This paper uses existing research on intangible assets and creates a generic framework that can be used for comparing other models. It defines intangible assets as including many definitions such as Human Capital and Intellectual Capital and focus’s them into three areas, Leveraging Internally / Leveraging Externally and Leveraging People and Knowledge. This approach is used to compare other bespoke models. The paper explores the reasons for and benefits of measuring intangibles before exploring four different methods.


  • The Italian Intellectual Capital Value method uses a bespoke method to define and measure assets.
  • The Swedish Intellectual Capital Rating method uses a tool box approach which is comparable to other companies.
  • The Technology Broker method attempts to measure the value of intangible assets on a financial basis
  • The Standard Accounting approach attempts to use agreed accounting methods to put a financial value on intangibles.

This paper provides an explanation and comparison of these tools as well as some example of their approach. Each tool is critiqued for its strengths and weakness and conclusions drawn. The paper then explores the options the organisation may need to consider in embarking on measuring intangibles before providing a basis for a best practice approach featuring a facilitated workshop that could be used within an organisation for exploring the themes.

The paper ends with a series of conclusions drawn from an analysis of the material.





Three Great Podcasts

Check out these great podcasts of interest to HP and Training Professionals   and enjoy a different point of view




Henry V – Lessons in Leadership

Richard Olivier provides a great example of leadership from one of Shakespears best loved plays in this compelling book.



What Employees Really Want

What enployees really want OIA section of slides from a presentation to Rugby Breakfast Club. The presentation focused on some research into what employees see as demotivating  aspects of their leaderships behaviour and how one company overcame issues to increase business performance.



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