The Role of the Expert in Intangible Capital – Can We Open Source ICManagement Practices?

December 30, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Before the holidays, I was at an international gathering of experts in IC and innovation. Over dinner one evening, I listened in on a conversation among several of my dinner partners about the role of the expert in helping companies leverage their intangible capital (aka intellectual capital).

They were firmly in agreement. Corporate managers could not enter into a project related to IC alone. They needed an expert.

To be honest, I didn’t chime in. I wasn’t really sure what to say. We moved on to another topic but in quiet moments (there haven’t been that many this month which is why I am just now getting back to this) the question would haunt me.

On the one hand, I guess they were right. This is certainly how I earn my living, as an expert in helping companies leverage their unique intangible capital for performance and value.

But, on the other hand, there is something wrong with this perspective. Companies should not need an expert. They should be educated and empowered to do a lot of their IC work themselves. The role of the expert should not be to lead the project and hold onto the “best practices.” The experts need to find ways to build IC capabilities inside every business. ICManagement is too important to outsource. Read more

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  • @S_Eriksson I see IC management as all those things. Includes inventory, modeling, investment, assessment, strategy and perf mgmt. in reply to S_Eriksson #
  • Roger Cohen in NYT on the end of the decade: “and so America in its lacerating imperfection must ever aim high.” http://bit.ly/8AioDj #
  • FT: Accountants seek standards more relevant to investment decisions http://bit.ly/5nGWIs Are they thinking about intangibles investments? #
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Tiger Woods and Intangibles

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Yesterday in the New York Times, Frank Rich called for making Tiger Woods, Person of the Year. Rich said

What’s striking instead is the Enron-sized gap between this golfer’s public image as a paragon of businesslike discipline and focus and the maniacally reckless life we now know he led. What’s equally striking, if not shocking, is that the American establishment and news media – all of it, not just golf writers or celebrity tabloids – fell for the Woods myth as hard as any fan and actively helped sustain and enhance it.

Enron and Tiger Woods. He got me there. I couldn’t resist despite all that has been written about Tiger, as we all had come to call him.

You see, in both cases, we saw success in one sphere and assumed success in all others. Read more

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  • Just had coffee with a scientist that sold one of her patents last year through an Ocean Tomo auction. Still consults with the buyer. #
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Five Reasons to Focus on Optimizing Intangibles in 2010

December 16, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

binocularsI am more and more convinced that 2010 will be the year of intangibles, intangible assets, intangible capital, intellectual capital, knowledge assets or whatever else you want to call them. There are five big reasons why:

  1. Intangibles already get the majority of your  investment dollars. Estimates are that at least 60% of the money organizations invest in their future productive capacity is in intangibles. If you are already spending money, isn’t time you created a way to track intangibles performance? Read more

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