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Value network analysis and value conversion of tangible and intangible assets

Verna Allee (Verna Allee Associates, Martinez, California, USA)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 18 January 2008




The purpose of this paper is to provide examples and technical details for conducting a value network analysis that addresses the conversion and utilisation of intangible assets.


Value network analysis was first developed in 1993 and was adapted in 1997 for intangible asset management. It has been tested in applications from shop floor work groups to business webs and economic regions. It draws from a theory based in living systems, knowledge management, complexity theory, system dynamics, and intangible asset management.


The paper provides a high level of detail on the analysis method and insights from its practical application across a range of business issues. Tips are provided for how to integrate the methodology with other business analysis approaches.

Research limitations/implications

The paper does not provide a comparative analysis with other methods because most other value network models are process views, social network analysis or clustering techniques.

Practical implications

Sufficient detail is provided so researchers and practitioners will be able to apply the method in their own investigations. Further resources are noted, as well as access points to the global user community and open source tools.


This paper is the first detailed publication of the value network analysis method, which has been acclaimed by experts in intangibles, network analysis, knowledge management, and process analysis. It fills a gap between theory and practice for managers, executives, analysts, and researchers.



Allee, V. (2008), "Value network analysis and value conversion of tangible and intangible assets", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 5-24.



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