Some clients constantly demanded more support than was in their original agreement. Our service firm’s perplexing response makes more sense when we look into the detail. This chapter has explained the importance of intangible factors, given examples of simple measures for them, and shown you how they operate. The team did not know what the exact pressure of work had been, but by checking their records on customer service demand and staff levels, they could make a pretty good estimate. All that is lacking in most cases is a clear link between changes to these critical items and the organization’s performance. Tangible resources are physical assets, such as equipment or property. In the same way, salespeople know the difference in a customer’s reaction when they try to sell products with a bad reputation, and CEOs certainly notice the hostility of investors who have lost confidence in their management. The explicit delimitation to intangible resources in seminal works (Barney, 1991, Teece et al., 1997) builds on the conceptual argument that tangible resources available “off the shelf”, being available to all competitors, do not play a role in sustained resource- or capabilities-based competitive advantage (Peteraf, 1993, Teece et al., 1997). Staff records showed that turnover had risen particularly sharply in the past year. Intangible resources include assets that typically are rooted deeply in the firm’s history and have accumulated over time. At a strategic level, we are often interested in the second possibility, since the overall behavior of large groups (such as clients, supporters, dealers, staff, or investors) reflects the sum of switching decisions made by each member of that group. Some of a firm’s resources are tangible and intangible. Buildings, vehicles, factories, manufacturing equipment and land are tangible resources that have a clear and easily determined market value. Lumber mills, oil refineries, electric plants and vehicle fleets fall into this category. After all, it has been going on for a long time with no harm, so why worry? Figure 8.1 Measures for Some Intangible Resources. Business may be running smoothly, with sales effort winning customers at a regular slow rate to replace the few who leave each month. If you wanted to evaluate the total skills of a group and assess its overall average skill at individual tasks, then you would use the idea of attributes from Chapter 6 "You Need Quality Resources as Well as Quantity". The already pressured staff had to work even harder to coach them. This process may be slow, depending on how often potential customers interact and the effectiveness of trade surveys, for example. Turning to the issue of client acquisition, the team surmised that word had gotten around about their quality problems, and so their reputation had been tarnished. Their brains needed a sufficiently strong push from new messages in order to overcome the depletion of their attention—their forgetting. Current customers have direct experience of current quality, so they often respond quickly when problems arise. The bottom line is that the rate of resource flows determines the rate at which capabilities can be improved. Before these general improvements in vehicle reliability occurred, a company with a better than average performance could use that superiority to capture new customers. Second, the firm had some business that was more trouble than they were worth. The trouble seemed to lead back to the arrival of a new head of sales and marketing, who had surveyed the firm’s market and found plenty of potential clients who wanted the kind of service support the firm offered. They are not particularly satisfied, but neither are they so annoyed that they will do anything about it. Now, that same company with that same reliability level has nothing to boast about. Investopedia: How do tangible and intangible assets differ. Tangible Assets. Tangible resources are assets that can be seen and quantified. What is best for you depends on the specifics—including the numbers—in your own case. This happy state was in danger of ending if the downturn continued, of course, but for now there was some financial headroom. They are the main source of profitability. Until then, growth had largely come from occasional referrals by satisfied clients. Tangible and intangible assets are the major asset classes represented on a company's balance sheet. Xaxx holds a Doctor of Philosophy in art history from the University of Manchester in the U.K. A major implication of the strategy dynamics method is that simple solutions can rarely be transplanted from case to case (as is often implied for other management tools!). If our consumers had heard only sporadic and lukewarm recommendations, not enough motivation would have built up to spur them to action. What could be done to fix this problem? To make matters worse, vital, skilled staff were leaving. Intangibles result in us either doing more or less of something (serving customers better, recommending us more often to others, and so on) or else switching from one state to another (becoming a customer, employee, or investor, say). Such manuals cover everything from cleaning the fryers, to checking the inventory, to sorting the garbage. 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