Intellectual capital, calculability and qualculation

Jim Rooney*, John Dumay

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Abstract

The literature on accounting for intellectual capital (IC) and, in particular, IC reporting suggests a preoccupation with measurement. While foundational for a calculative practice, this may eclipse the socially embedded facets of this accounting technology. The consequences include bringing into question the usefulness of IC reporting. Accordingly, we argue for a reflexive analysis of IC as a material, social phenomenon facilitating organisational change. In this paper we examine and reflect on how IC practices influence individual understanding of organisational change, developing insights into how social relations are identified, communicated and transformed. The overall contribution of the paper is to highlight how calculative practices, such as accounting for IC, are balanced with judgment in understanding and managing IC during periods of organisational change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Accounting Review
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Intellectual capital
  • Inscriptions
  • Measurement
  • Organisational change
  • Public sector
  • Actor network theory

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