Although several frameworks for measuring and reporting Intellectual Capital (IC) have been developed over the past two decades, their actual use in practice is still limited. In particular, IC measurement frameworks, among other things, have been criticized because of their atomistic focus on IC, i.e., their limited ability to capture the relationships between IC and value creation and to show the impact of IC on company performance. The Business Model (BM) concept has been recently identified as a holistic and overall platform within which to refocus the IC debate. Despite several conceptual linkages between IC and BM concepts, both the contribution of BM to IC measurement and the process that leads from BM mapping to building IC measures need to be investigated. The purpose of this paper is to explore how Business Model mapping can support and favor IC measurement. In order to achieve this objective, the paper presents a reflective analysis of a single, in-depth case study referred to an Italian company which leveraged on its BM to design and implement IC measures. The actual research project was conducted using an interventionist approach. The case analysis shows the benefits of using BM to build IC measures. In particular, the paper points out that BM clarifies which IC elements are of utmost importance and what role they play in the company’s value creation process, thus ensuring that IC indicators are tightly connected to the company’s conception of value creation. Moreover, the paper sheds light on the process that leads from BM to measurement. More specifically, the paper points out how strategic themes play a crucial role by acting as a bridge between BM and the items to be measured. It also shows an additional contribution of the BM to the measurement process; BM and related strategic themes ensure a high level of integration and consistency between departmental measurement systems and a company-wide measurement system, and among the departmental measurement systems themselves.
Business model mapping as a lever to measure intellectual capital: The Nexus case / Montemari, Marco; Chiucchi, Maria Serena. - (2016), pp. 1-21. (Intervento presentato al convegno 12th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Intangibles, Intellectual Capital And Extra-Financial Information tenutosi a San Pietroburgo (Russia) nel 22-23 settembre 2016).