November 15, 2005 10:09 ET

Intellectual Capital Assessment: IC Rating™ Offers Companies First Thorough, Affordable Service

WINCHESTER, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2005 -- Intellectual capital -- human, structural and relationship -- is key to the future of American business, but U.S. companies couldn't systematically identify and assess this key resource until now.

IC Rating™, the first service providing a complete assessment of an organization's intellectual capital, has been launched in the U.S. by Trek Consulting in Winchester, Mass., following years of successful use in Europe and Asia.

Any company with about $25 or more million in revenues can benefit from the analysis, which is more cost-effective than hiring a big consulting firm to build a custom system.

"Corporate boards, executives, investors, strategic partners and merger/acquisition candidates need solid data instead of guesstimates when making key decisions," said Trek principal Mary Adams. "IC Rating also provides information and inspiration for change management, strategic planning and creating or improving a performance-measurement system."

Using a rigorous methodology, IC Rating generates letter grades from three viewpoints: efficiency (where the company is today), renewal (the state of its innovation processes) and risk (where it could lose ground). It also grades 11 subcategories in each, including organizational capital (intellectual property, the processes and practices), human capital (management and employees) and relationship capital (the brand, customer capital and vendor network).

Polar charts present more detailed findings on individual intellectual capital components, optionally including the company's standing compared to competitors. A written summary presents candid anonymous comments from stakeholders.

Proven Abroad

More than 200 companies in Europe and Asia have been rated since 1997. "That collective experience and the statistical validation of the work create significant value for each new company that uses IC Rating," said Michael Oleksak, also a principal of Trek.

Trek is the first U.S. consulting firm trained and licensed by Intellectual Capital AB of Stockholm, Sweden, to offer IC Rating here. Trek works with owners and managers to improve the performance and value of their companies.

More information, including an informative whitepaper, can be obtained at or by contacting Oleksak at 781-729-1008 or

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