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Intangible Capital: Putting Knowledge to Work in the 21st-Century Organization

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• Links new concepts of knowledge-based business with existing approaches in order to make them easier to understand

• Ties together numerous trends and challenges faced by businesspeople—such as innovation, performance, and corporate value—and helps them understand how each trend is one piece in a puzzle that explains the seismic shift we are all living as we move from an industrial to a knowledge era

• Draws on groundbreaking academic and business research in the field of intellectual capital

• Includes examples, exercises, lists, and practical hints on how to apply each concept in a real-world setting



• Includes an exercise at the end of each chapter that enables readers to connect the chapter to their own businesses

• Presents a resource section in each chapter for additional print and online sources

• An accompanying website with sections for all key corporate titles (CEO, CFO, CIO, COO, etc.) shows how the book relates to their work and serves as a forum for ideas among readers

• A full index covering both industrial- and knowledge-era tools to make it easier for readers to make a connection with their current work approaches



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"It's much more fun to read than the rather solemn title suggests, combining strands of history, economics, management, metaphor and common sense, personal experience and anecdote. It's also a monument to the metamorphosis of management and asset management philosophies from the age of bricks and mortar to the world of the internet. …Since the right answers are (i) business-specific and (ii) change in time, while the right questions can be applied more generally and are less subject to the vicissitudes of commercial fashion, this is altogether a greater benefit to the reader."

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"…brilliant new book…This is a must read."

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"If you want to know what issues businesses will be grappling with in the next few years, read Intangible Capital and think about the possible impacts as, not if, the ideas presented in this book come to pass."

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"The book provides tips that will help managers adapt to the knowledge-based economy and measure the true effect of intangibles on the bottom line."

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"Intangible Capital is a breakthrough book. Adams and Oleksak have managed the near impossible: to make the complex topic of intangible assets understandable and meaningful to businessmen, policymakers and the general public. I consider this a guidebook to the economy of the 21st Century." (Kenan Jarboe
President, Athena Alliance)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (May 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313380740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313380747
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,924,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Excellent book.

Intangible Capital is an excellent insight into a mature and smart approach to running a business. I found the book demonstrates the importance of intangible assets and maps out how to identify these assets, make them visible in accounting terms and increase the value of a company. But perhaps more importantly to me, the book explains how to leverage intangible assets to create growth and in this time of economic crisis smart, long-term thinking may be the essential ingredient that has been missing in developing sustainable businesses and long-term growth and profits. Intangible Capital (often called intellectual capital) demonstrates there is a smarter way of analysing and progressing a business since the intangible is omnipotent and therefore unavoidable, this means if we are not managing the intangible assets of the business we are not really managing the business to its full potential (Mary & Michael point out that more than 70% of business assets are intangible).

I found the book packed with real surprises, while the book is well laid out and very informative, some pages were extremely enlightening and kept me wanting more, there are so many lessons for top managers, middle and lower managers, all employees and students within these pages. The book highlights that managers should be aware of their intangible capital so that they are able to assess how it impacts current performance and how they will be able to improve future performance through improved understanding and control of intangible assets. This means that more intelligent decisions are possible improving people, process and relationships and reducing or eliminating risk.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed Wike on July 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The first thing to know about intangible capital (IC), and why it is important, is the sheer scale involved. In the typical company in today's knowledge economy the value of intangibles (e.g., knowledge, processes, intellectual property, relationships with customers and partners, competencies, experience, brands, and reputation) is estimated at 70% of total company value. Annual corporate expenditures on intangibles now exceed tangible expenditures by a wide margin. The totals are in the trillions.

The next thing to know about intangible capital, and why this book is important, is that managing intangible capital is relatively new and not well understood; plus, as the book explains, there is a serious deficiency with the way companies report and account for their IC expenditures, if at all. The importance of these issues has motivated the authors, leading IC experts with experience in commercial banking and strategy consulting, to write this book as the first milestone of their mission to address them. That's where the book drives to, and there's a wealth of information for the reader along the way.

With Intangible Capital: Putting Knowledge to Work in the 21st-Century Organization, Mary Adams and Michael Oleksak have created, essentially, an IC field manual for senior managers with specific, practical advice on how to manage their intangible capital to grow their businesses in the knowledge economy. In the book, they paint the full IC landscape, combining a comprehensive introduction to the subject with an extensive survey of topics and research that benefit the novice and expert reader alike.
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This book opens the door to new thinking on old subjects. Bankers have been talking about making "air ball" loans for years. Institutional lenders and investors talk about "cash flow lending". They are really talking about loans based on Intangible Capital. But before this book, who's had the tools to follow how this important part of a business enterprise is managed and valued? This book draws parallels to the ways businesses managed their tangible capital assets and the way lenders and investors valued such capital. Must reading for any investor or manager of the typical 21st century business, where value is most often being created "out of thin air" and there aren't the tangible assets to point to as an explanation of the value of the business.
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By Kindle Customer on July 7, 2010
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I was a little put off by the title, but after reading the intro and first chapter I really get the concept about which the authors are writing. They use anticdotes, excellent examples and real life experiences to make the idea of intellectual capital come alive. I also liked how many of their references were to online articles. I thought the interactive questions at the end of each chapter were challenging, but also a way to make a connection to the book and the concept. I think all business types should read this book and do the exercises. It would certainly make a difference in how they look at their company and their employees.
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Management consultants Mary Adams and Michael Oleksak shine a spotlight on "intangible capital" (IC) and explain how companies can succeed by quantifying and leveraging IC. Intangible capital includes "human capital, relationship capital, structural capital and business recipe." The authors outline IC and describe how intangible capital has come to comprise 70% of most companies' valuations. getAbstract highly recommends this book to CEOs, CIOs, and all executives and managers who want to understand the true heart of their businesses.
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