International Conference “Wissensbilanz – Made in Germany”, Berlin, 20.-21. Sep. 2004

On 20 and 21 September 2004, the project result was presented by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour in a two-day event. Parliamentary State Secretary Rezzo Schlauch presented the Intellectual Capital Report Guide 1.0 to 220 participants from business, science, administration and the press.

Following the presentation by Prof. Dr. Peter Glotz, Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen, the following experts led by Ruth Berschens, Head of the Economic Affairs Department, Handelsblatt, discussed the opportunities for German SMEs arising from the intellectual capital statement:

  • Nicholas Teller, Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt/M.
  • Prof. Leif Edvinsson, Director of Intellectual Capital at Universal Networking Intellectual Capital (UNIC), Stockholm
  • Prof. Dr. -Ing. Kai Mertins, Director of Corporate Management, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK), Berlin
  • Prof. Günter R. Koch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board TOPCALL AG, Vienna


The second day of the conference was dedicated to the interactive treatment of the following topics:

Workshop 1:”The intellectual capital statement on organisational assessment, Basel II and rating”.
Chair: Mart Kivikas, Wissenskapital GmbH, Oberreichenbach

Workshop 2:”Intellectual capital statement as a strategic management tool”.
Chair: Dr. Manfred Bornemann, Intangible Assets Consulting, Graz

Workshop 3:”The intellectual capital statement – an instrument for knowledge management”.
Chair: Kay Alwert, Fraunhofer IPK, Berlin

In the course of the conference and in the three workshops, the conference participants made a large number of proposals and suggestions for further work on the intellectual capital statement project. In view of the positive response to the guide from companies, the press and the general public, it is therefore planned to continue the intellectual capital statement activities in 2005.

The focus is on the further dissemination of the intellectual capital statement in the SME environment through targeted information from multipliers and decision-makers in SMEs. Various events are planned for this purpose, including a workshop for multipliers on 15 April 2005 at the BMWA, Berlin. In addition, special training events are offered for users (companies) and multipliers (e. g. management consultants, auditors, employees of associations, Chamber of Industry and Commerce and banks) focusing on the dissemination of the methodology for drawing up intellectual capital statements. As the third pillar of the concept, a free software toolbox with an e-learning component will be provided to help users draw up intellectual capital statements.