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Intellectual capital accounting and reporting in the knowledge economy

A. Seetharaman (Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Cyber Jaya, Malaysia)
Hadi Helmi Bin Zaini Sooria (Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Cyber Jaya, Malaysia)
A.S. Saravanan (Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Cyber Jaya, Malaysia)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 1 June 2002

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Abstract

Claims the greatest challenge facing the accounting profession is understanding the huge difference between its balance sheet and market valuation. This gap represents the core value of the company – its intellectual capital represented by brands, products, competitive advantage, patents, trade marks, customer relationships, R&D, human capital etc. The present financial accounting framework is criticised, especially in the USA and Europe, as inadequate and failing to communicate the most important assets and resources of today’s business, known as intangible assets or intellectual capital. As a result, there is a huge value gap and distortions between a business entity value as reported in the financial statements with the value put by investors on the stock market or even in merger and acquisitions cases. In the new knowledge economy (k‐economy), knowledge rather than physical assets drives innovations, revenue and profits growth, and nurtures new competitive advantages. Looks at the challenges encountered by accounting and where it is heading in the k‐economy environment.

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Seetharaman, A., Helmi Bin Zaini Sooria, H. and Saravanan, A.S. (2002), "Intellectual capital accounting and reporting in the knowledge economy", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 128-148. https://doi.org/10.1108/14691930210424734

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