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Debra M. Amidon - The Intellectual Capital of Nations

Article Summary


When the Knowledge Management Movement began, many thought that it was a matter of productivity – and it was. However, it was only the tip of the iceberg for the real potential transformation underway. An article by Debra Amidon on the transformation towards:

  • knowledge-based enterprises,

  • knowledge-based national economies, and

  • knowledge-based society as a whole.

The article concludes by stating that "now it is evident that the benefits to be reaped with a focus on a knowledge –not even information – society extend far beyond the context of company profitability. Indeed, those nations that seek to establish viable and sustainable economic prosperity will inevitably turn toward managing (and measuring) what we now consider the intangible wealth of the nation. As more nations focus upon the human capital and the innovation process (i.e., how knowledge is created converted into products and services and applied), we have an opportunity to increase the standard of living worldwide".


Recommended Books


Edvinsson, Corporate Longitude

Standfield, Intangible Management

Lev, Intangibles: Management, Measurement, and Reporting

Smith, Valuation of Intellectual Property and Intangible Assets


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