A survey conducted by several authors reveals the situation, problems and perspectives of the Italian industrial system regarding Intangible assets
Production, well-being and profit are also achieved with intangible organisational assets. Indeed, corporate culture at the highest levels. Contributions, attitudes, approaches to the product and to its manufacturing process which are part of the heritage of every company and which give it a different imprinting depending on the circumstances, on the history and on the current condition of each manufacturing organisation. Training and sharing, therefore, but not just that. This is what – in synthetic terms – is summarised under the terms Intangible assets and which has been studied in a collective survey conducted by the INAPP (the Italian National Institute for the Analysis of Public Policies) which was established following the transformation of ISFOL with the role of checking and directing social and employment policies in Italy.
“Intangible assets survey. I risultati della Rilevazione statistica sugli investimenti intangibili delle imprese” (The results of the statistical survey on intangible investments of companies) is therefore a research conducted by several authors on one of the most important aspects of management and of the very essence of businesses.
Following a necessary classification of the state of affairs regarding intangible investments in Italy and in the rest of Europe, the survey immediately sets its cognitive objectives and investigates the characteristics of investments in corporate training. Attention is drawn to the levels of expenditure incurred by companies and the determining factors that lead to their investment choices, and then a closer look is taken at the situation of Italian companies concerning this aspect of their organisation and management. The text is not always easy to read, however it is facilitated by an extensive range of diagrams and tables (instructive, for example, is the diagram that relates the industrial sector investigated with the classification of the importance of intangible investments in terms of expenditure per employee).
What emerges is not a framework composed only of difficulties. The authors write: “If, on the one hand, intangible investments on the part of Italian companies have not yet reached an optimal level, on the other a growing awareness is spreading among companies as to the importance of these investments to improve their performance objectives in terms of competitiveness and internationalisation”.Corporate culture that therefore grows and evolves. With everything that still remains to be done. Indeed, the authors go on to write: “Corporate training is the most widespread intangible activity among Italian companies but they tend to invest mainly in training courses rather than in less structured training methods, capable of fostering informal learning, demonstrating a poorly innovative methodological structure”.
Intangible assets survey. I risultati della Rilevazione statistica sugli investimenti intangibili delle imprese (The results of the statistical survey on intangible investments of companies)
Inapp (ex Isfol), 2017