Who’s In Charge of Your Intangbiles?

October 4, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

We have talked a lot about the knowledge factory and management to this point. But we have never really addressed the unspoken question. Who should be in charge of the intangible side of your business (your “knowledge factory”)? The dynamism of the layers of networks that make up the knowledge factory is leading to changing roles and the emergence of new roles. Should there be a C-level person in charge of intangible capital? If so, what should that person’s title be? Read more

Who is in Charge of IP and IC?

May 7, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

I have really enjoyed getting to know Andrew Watson and Jordan Hatcher at ipVA over the last few months. I met with Jordan on my recent trip to London and he sent me a new article that he and Andrew wrote called Fix Your Broken IP Structures from www.managingip.com.

The article makes a case for a position called the Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) who is outside the legal department. They use color-based Insights Discovery Learning System to look at the personalities of different departments. Legal departments, they assert, are blue (accurate, ordered and cautious), not the red traits that are needed to exploit IP (decisive, risk taking and results driven). This means that the CIPO would need to be in the sales or strategy areas. It’s a compelling case. Read more

The Right C’s

September 12, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

An article just came out on CFO.com entitled “Who Needs a COO?” Reading it, I couldn’t help but think about the many articles I see all the time in Information Week about the changing role of the CIO. And it all makes me think that there is something that is still missing Read more