A conversation with Sharon L. Oriel of The Dow Chemical Company

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/14691930110380482
Pages42-52
Publication Date01 Mar 2001
AuthorJay Chatzkel
SubjectAccounting & finance,HR & organizational behaviour,Information & knowledge management
JIC
2,1
42
Journal of Intellectual Capital,
Vol. 2 No. 1, 2001, pp. 42-52.
#MCB University Press, 1469-1930
A conversation with
Sharon L. Oriel of
The Dow Chemical Company
Jay Chatzkel
Progressive Practices, Vienna, Virginia, USA
Abstract Intellectual capital, Knowledge management, Intangible assets, Patents,
Communities of practice
Abstract Conversations create the wealth of knowledge organizations. This conversation with
Sharon Oriel focuses on the evolution of the capture and leverage or intellectual capital assets at
The Dow Chemical Company. Ms Oriel is the Director of the Global Intellectual Capital
Management Technology Center and Government Contract R&D at Dow. Ms Oriel discusses the
journey to become an organization that has come to understand how to value, develop and
manage its intangible assets, by making intangible value visable. Part of that has involved the
creation of an intellectual capital network across the organization. Reframing the culture as a
global organization sensitive to local situations is key to that initiative. This requires extensive
collaboration which is facilitated by the integration of the Internet. Ms Oriel also comments on the
increasing value globally of intellectual property and its impact as an engine of change on
accounting and valuation practices.
Sharon L. Oriel is the Director of the Global Intellectual Capital Management
Technology Center and Government Contract R&D of The Dow Chemical
Company. She has been with The Dow Chemical Company for 27 years since
receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology. Her career with Dow
has included experience in Central Research, Plastics Technical Service and
Development, Plastics Marketing, and for the last ten years, Intellectual Capital
Management.
Her focus is on aligning, leveraging, and creating intellectual assets and
capital for value growth. In addition, Sharon is director of government contract
R&D with the emphasis on business-aligned contracts which create early
identification of partners for new technology.
Sharon is one of the company co-founders of the Intellectual Capital
Managers Gathering. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of
Intellectual Capital. In addition, Sharon serves on one of the task forces
supporting the Brookings IC project and is an invited speaker at international
IC meetings.
Sharon believes the future is both intangible and navigable.
An evolutionary journey
JC: How do you as a corporate practitioner apply IC theory?
The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at
http://www.emerald-library.com/ft
This excerpted conversation is part of a series of sessions with key practitioners and thought
leaders in the field of intellectual capital and knowledge management. This full conversation
series will be offered as a book in the near future and will be published by managementfirst.com

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