Core members

The core members of “Arbeitskreis Wissensbilanz” were responsible for the scientific development of the methodology and the practical implementation of the intellectual capital statement project. The core members comprise:

Alwert, Kay, Dr.-Ing.
alwert GmbH & Co. KG
Pappelallee 78/79
10437 Berlin

Dr.-Ing Kay Alwert is owner and general manager of alwert GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin. He graduated  in 1997 at the Technical University of Karlsruhe in the field of “Civil Engineering”. Thereafter he worked as a project manager and from 2000 onwards additionally as a consultant in corporate management and knowledge management. In the time between 2001 and 2006 Kay Alwert was employed as a senior researcher at the corporate management division at Fraunhofer IPK, Berlin. Within his research work he was mainly responsible for the research in the areas of intellectual capital management and reporting. In 2005 he finished his doctoral studies in this field. He was general project manager in several scientific and industrial projects and held several lectures and seminars in “ knowledge and intellectual capital management” for academic and industrial students. Within his scientific work he was responsible for the development and German wide implementation of intellectual capital statements in SME, corporate groups and research organisations. As a founder member of the German working group on Intellectual Capital Statements he was substantially responsible for the German guideline for “Intellectual Capital Statements” published and recommended by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology. In 2003 Kay Alwert founded alwert. as a Fraunhofer spin off to transfer the academic results into practical application. alwert. concentrates mainly on the development and implementation of strategic management, innovation & knowledge management, intellectual capital management and reporting. He works for corporate groups as well as for SME.

Bornemann, Manfred, Dr.
Intangible Assets Consulting
Dr. Anton Schlossar Weg 16
A-8010 Graz

Dr. Manfred Bornemann works as independent researcher and is active as guest lecturer in various Austrian and German academic institutions, published several articles in the field of intellectual capital assessment. He is active in several national and international communities such as Wissensmanagement Forum Graz, Gesellschaft für Wissensmanagement, Plattform Wissens-management, Arbeitskreis Wissensbilanz, Entovation 100. He was involved in developing and hence fourfold delivery of the intellectual capital report for Austrias largest public private research organization Seibersdorf, the development of a prototype intellectual capital report for a production company and the development of the first regional intellectual capital statement for a research network in the field of nanotechnology. Recently he finished a Guideline for Intellectual Capital Reporting for SMEs.

Edvinsson, Leif, Prof.
Research Policy Institute (RPI),Lund Universität
Ideon Alfa 1, Scheelevägen 15, S-221 00 Lund

Prof. Leif Edvinsson, is holder of the world´s first professorship on Intellectual Capital, at Lund University, Sweden. Prof. Edvinsson was the very first director in the field “Intellectual Capital” in 1991, at Skandia. He launched the very fírst Annual Intellectual Reports in 1994. He has started and inspired many initiatives on Knowledge Management around the world. He is now also Director of Boards of many organisations, especially related to Science, e.g. the Center for Molecular Medicine at Karolinska Inst. Sweden, where he implemented an Intellectual Capital Statement. He is H. Chairman for KM Forum at Henley Management College, UK . He had been awarded on several ooccasions – APQC, USA; “Brain of the Year” in 1998, Brain Trust, UK. Futhermore he published several books on Intellectual Capital. The most recent one had been published in 2004 dealing with intellectual capital in communities, nations, regions and cities. Since 2004 he is also member of the EU “High Level Expert Group” on Intellectual Capital Statements.

Heisig, Peter, Prof. Dr. 
University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Department Information Sciences
Kiepenheuerallee 5 – 14469 Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Peter Heisig, is Professor of Information and Knowledge Management at the Department of Information Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany. He set up the “Competence Center Wissensmanagement”   at the ” Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK), Berlin ” and ran it until 2004. He initiated the first german benchmarking survey on knowledge management (1998-99) and attended with the  University of  St. Gallen as KM Subject Matter Expert (2000-01). In 2002 he was appointed to a membership in the european CEN working group  “European Guide to Good Practice in Knowledge Management” (CWA 14924) as a german expert on knowledge management. He produced over 50 publications and over 110  lectures and workshops on knowledge management. Prof. Heisig worked at the University of Cambrige in a project about “Knowledge and Information Management through Life” with companies such as Airbus and Rolls-Royce and at the Leeds University Business School. At Leeds he conducted a global study about “Advancements and Future Research Needs in Knowledge Management” involving 222 KM experts from 38 countries. Dr. Heisig is Regional Editor Europe of the “Journal of Knowledge Management”. As member of the Advisory Boards Heisig was actively involveld in the conception and implementation of the “Intellectual Capital Statements -Made in Germany” project and he is co-publisher of  “Wissensbilanzen: Intellektuelles Kapital erfolgreich nutzen und entwickeln (Berlin: Springer 2005)”. 

Kivikas, Mart, Dipl.-Kaufm.
Wissenskapital Edvinsson & Kivikas GmbH
Lohbeet 18, D-91097 Oberreichenbach

Mart Kivikas, supports as founder and CEO of Wissenskapital Kivikas “Entwicklungsunternehmen GmbH” international companies in German speaking regions to assess and evaluate their knowledge capital. He studied at the Stockholm School of Economics and worked as controller in companies as Unilever and Skanska. Mart Kivikas is a member of the project group“Wissensbilanz” that developed a method to evaluate companies` Intellectual Capital and implemented the approach in German SMEs. In 2005 Mart Kivikas is a member of the EU “High Level Expert Group” on the project “ Reporting Intellectual Capital to Augment Research, Development and Innovation in SMEs”.

Mertins, Kai, Prof. Dr. -Ing.
knowledge raven management GmbH
Grethe-Weiser-Weg 9a
14055 Berlin

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Mertins, is founder and CEO of the knowledge raven management GmbH. Until 2012 he was the deputy Director of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) in , Berlin/Germany and the Director of the Division Corporate Management. Since 1998 he is Professor for Global Production Management at the Technical University of Berlin. After his After an electrician apprenticeship, he graduated in electrical engineering, with a focus on measurement and control engineering, in Hamburg. Afterwards he studied Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin. He completed his PhD with Prof. Dr. hc . mult. Dr. -Ing. G. Spur on “Steuerung rechnergeführter Fertigungssysteme” (approximately “Control of computer-guided Manufacturing Systems”. In addition to a variety of scientific activities Prof. Mertins can resort to industrial activities in electrical installation, commissioning and maintenance of production facilities, as well as to planning of factories as practical experience. His main points today are: innovation management, production organization, knowledge management, factory planning, order management, staff qualifications. A particular focus is on the development and measurement of intellectual capital (Auditor for intellectual capital statements). Prof. Mertins has extensive experience as a manager of international projects with European and Asian consortia.

Will, Markus, Dr.-Ing.
Division Corporate Management CC Knowledge Management
Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK)
Pascalstr. 8-9, D-10587 Berlin

Dr.-Ing. Markus Will, born in 1975, is research associate in the division corporate management at Fraunhofer IPK, Berlin. He completed a commercial apprenticeship and graduated in communication sciences. After working as a Junior Consultant at Siemens Business Services he changed to the position at the Fraunhofer Competence Center Knowledge Management where he was involved in several projects on change management and internal communication in small and medium-sized enterprises. Since 2005 he is member of the research group “Arbeitskreis Wissensbilanz” and was responsible for the conceptual design of the “Wissensbilanz-Toolbox”, a software application supporting the process of intellectual capital reporting in SMEs.