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Intellectual Capital

10th edition of the world conference on intellectual capital for communities – IC10

The central theme of the 10th Edition of the World Intellectual Capital (IC) Conference is “Managing Knowledge in Boundless Organizations”. The title of the conference highlights the need to assess progress in managing knowledge, in rapidly evolving organizational and institutional settings.

The Regional Focus this year is BRAZIL.

IC10 is organised by The European Chair on Intellectual Capital Management at the University Paris-Sud. This conference will take place on June 5 & 6 at:

Faculté Jean Monnet,

54 Bd Desgranges 92330 Sceaux

Knowledge flow is a major issue for any organization’s sustainability and it is therefore important to review past achievements from a critical perspective At the same time, new approaches have led to the design and implementation of boundless organizations in several contexts. Therefore, the evaluation of current progress and barriers needs to take a forward-looking approach, which includes emerging and foreseeable trends in organizational design and their relationship with the digital transformation of organizations, institutions and communities.

The IC for Communities conference series has discussed some of these issues in its earlier editions. However, they are the focus of IC 10, which looks at them from different angles: geographical (Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa), institutional (large companies, large international institutions, small firms) and professional (scholars, policy and private sector decision-makers).

We propose a set of themes that we consider to be highly relevant for decision-making:

· Accumulated knowledge versus leveraged knowledge;

· Incentive systems in organization designs;

· Boundless spaces and knowledge flow;

· Emerging practices;

· From “bureaucracies” to “knowledge platforms”;

· Entrepreneurship in boundless organizations;

· How to take advantage of knowledge-based capital approaches in institutions and territories;

· Data as the new business landscape…and societal horizon?

The IC 10 conference addresses these issues and outlines their policy implications. As with previous IC conferences, we start by reviewing ongoing country programs related to intellectual capital.

This year, following the success of IC8 (South Korea) and IC9 (the Mediterranean), we focus on an emerging country: Brazil.

Brazil has been a pioneer in intangibles and intellectual capital. This is notably due to the Brazilian Development Bank’s –BNDES– program, initiated several years ago, but also to several projects carried with the support of the World Bank on the measurement of intangibles at macro and sectoral levels. It will be interesting, particularly for developing countries, to learn about the Brazilian experience and hear some first-hand accounts of monitoring knowledge-based capital.

As at former IC conferences, these questions are addressed at various levels: countries, regions, cities, firms and networks. Similarly, as before the conference alternates plenary sessions with keynote speeches and parallel workshops. This structure allows time for more detailed discussions on the various topics of interest to the different IC communities.

[Text adopted from the Conference Draft agenda, which can be downloaded here:


Scientific Coordination:

Ahmed Bounfour, Professor, European Chair on Intellectual Capital & RITM,

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Intellectual Assets week in Japan

The Knowledge Forum 2008

The Intellectual Property Week 2008 was held in Tokyo, Japan from November 16-21, 2008. The week was composed of a series of different events around intellectual assets, knowledge innovation and future centers, sponsored by various organisations such as METI (Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), the Knowledge Management Society of Japan, the World Intellectual Capital Initiative, the OECD, and the New Club of Paris. (more…)