Valuing the Future: Intellectual Capital Supplements at Skandia

Jan Mouritsen, Heine Thorsgaard Larsen, Per Nikolaj Bukh

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Skandia’s intellectual capital supplements are pioneering forms of communication that inform internal as well as external readers of the attempts to manage and create value from intellectual resources. These supplements to the financial accounting statement communicate not only in numbers but also in stories and illustrations about the challenges facing the firm. They help develop a narrative for the path ahead for Skandia as a “capable” firm that thrives through intellectual resources found in humans, structures and relations. In this paper we discuss how this is possible and we suggest that intellectual capital statements are not only new types of communication; they also anticipate new “contracts” between labour and management where employees are persuaded to help managers craft the strategies to be pursued in the marketplace of the future.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAccounting Auditing and Accountability Journal
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)399-422
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Intellectual property
  • Communications, Development

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