Humankapitalredovisning : ett avtagande begrepp
Abstract (Summary)Companies such as audit firms, dot-com companies, banks, insurance companies and so on are referred to as knowledgecompanies. They characterise a high degree of non standardised services where the employees level of knowledge is decisive for the companies profitability. Within these companies the measure of human resources is an essential factor. Human capital can broadly be defined as “The sum of all the knowledge, within an organisation, that contributes to the creation of value” . The problem today is that society has gone from an industrial to a knowledge/service society, while the accounting has not been able to “seize” these hidden assets making it hard on knowledge companies to assess and balance their most important resource, which is the human capital, as an asset.During the years several models for accounting human capital has been introduced, however none has been commonly accepted since they contain flaws. Most of these models were brought forward during the 1990s when the subject was very up to date, the question is how it appears today? We have investigated to what extend human resources are accounted for, ten years ago together with how it is today. Our conclusion is that over the years there has been a clear decrease concerning the interest for human capital accounting and the companies today account very inadequate information in comparison to ten years ago. This may be due to the fact that the models do not fulfil the qualitative characteristics set forward by the IFRS, other reasons could be that sustainability- and environmental accounting today assume more space in the annual report.
School:Högskolan i Skövde
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:06/11/2008