Intellectual capital: Australian annual reporting practices

James Guthrie, Richard Petty

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This study reports the results of an empirical examination of Australian annual reporting of intellectual capital. The findings suggest that the development of a model for reporting intangibles is piecemeal and not widely spread. The outcomes of our exploratory investigation are threefold. First, the key components of intellectual capital are poorly understood, inadequately identified, inefficiently managed, and not reported within a consistent framework when reported at all. Second, the main areas of intellectual capital reporting focus on human resources; technology and intellectual property rights; and organisational and workplace structure. Third, even in an Australian enterprise thought of as “best practice” in this regard, a comprehensive management framework for intellectual capital is yet to be developed, especially for collecting and reporting intellectual capital formation. In conclusion, Australian companies do not compare favourably with several European firms in their ability to measure and report their intellectual capital in the annual report.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-251
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Intellectual Capital
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2000


  • Australia
  • Company reports
  • Europe
  • Intangible assets
  • Intellectual capital


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