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Emerging human capital analytics for investment processes

Carol Royal (Faculty of Commerce and Economics, School of Organisation and Management, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
Loretta O'Donnell (Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 25 July 2008




The purpose of this paper is to respond to the increasing pressure on financial markets to more systematically value the intangible assets in listed firms.


Using qualitative research techniques on the trading floor of Merrill Lynch Investment Bank in Sydney and Hong Kong, four tools for human capital analysis have been developed by the authors.


These tools provide mechanisms for securities analysts to more systematically analyse the intangible aspects of publicly listed firms on global stock exchanges.

Research limitations/implications

Given the complex regulatory requirements on securities analysts in many developed economies, these tools are predicated on analysts using publicly available information.


Specifically, the tools use a systems approach and can assist securities analysts to be more systematic in their analysis of management quality of publicly listed companies, as it is manifested in a firm's management systems.



Royal, C. and O'Donnell, L. (2008), "Emerging human capital analytics for investment processes", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 367-379.



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