Reporting on intellectual capital

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Abstract:

In today's knowledge-based economy intellectual capital (IC) is becoming a major part of companies' value. Being able to manage and control IC requires that companies can identify, measure and report internally on IC. As financial accounting rules ban full disclosure of IC in the annual report the external stakeholders lack information about companies' value, which may have as a consequence that stakeholders make wrong or bad decisions. To remedy this situation, new tools must be developed which enable managers to identify and measure a company's IC and to report on it within a consistent framework. The theory on IC is still in its infancy. Proposes to contribute to the development of a reporting model on IC. Analyses the various reporting models recently being developed and used in practice. Moreover, the existing reporting models have been discussed in depth with the management of three Dutch companies with a high degree of IC and with four financial analysts as external users of the information. Describes the findings of the discussions with the practitioners. Based on both the theoretical evaluation of the reporting models and the evaluation in practice, describes the building blocks of an IC reporting model.

Keywords: Information; Measurement; Model; The Netherlands

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513570110403461

Publication date: September 12, 2001

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