InCaS FP6 Project Synopsis

For European companies, knowledge already is the crucial resource to obtain competitive advantages and to ensure future business success. A company's 'Intellectual Capital (IC) comprises all intangible assets that the company uses to develop, produce and sell its particular products and services, i.e. the staff's qualification and motivation, leadership and management structures, organisational capacities and knowledge transfer as wefl as relations to the market

The intention of InCaS, a project within FP6 - the European Union's Sixth Framework Programme for RTD, is to provide the knowledge management tools and techniques that enable SMEs to detect their intellectual capital, to communicate it (via an intellectual capital statement: ICS) and to implement measures that promote its improvement systematically. InCaS is co-funded under the European Union's Collective Research Scheme.

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Partners in the InCaS FP6 Project: September 2006

Target groups of InCaS are SMEs in five European Countries that depend decisively on their intellectual capital to ensure success, i.e. that are based on so called knowledge-intensive business models. The national associations of SMEs in these countries (IAGs) also participate in InCaS, with a target for 50,000 EU SME’s to be using InCaS knowledge tools and techniques by the end of the project dissemination phase (Dec 2008).

The InCas RTD Performers are conducting field research and developing techniques to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs, deveveloping and communicating knowledge abot IC in SMEs, monitoring critical success factors systematically and rearching and developing ways to strengthen SME strategic core competencies, decreasing operational and strategic risks, thus providing a suitable basis for strategic decisions and organisational development.

InCaS Facts & Figures

40 partners in total
25 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
6 Industrial Associations/Groupings (lAGs)

3 Major Research and Technical Development Partners (RTD):

Project duration: 30 Months
Project Start date: 1s1 July 2006
Core countries: France, Germany, Poland, Slovenia. Spain, UK

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Partners in the InCaS Project November 2008