Their brains needed a sufficiently strong push from new messages in order to overcome the depletion of their attention—their forgetting. Even if you know about customers’ poor experiences, it is hard to estimate how they interact with other things that affect their attitude, such as price or product performance. Tangible resources influence capabilities positively and negatively and with varying strength. 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). Jagg Xaxx has been writing since 1983. Such manuals cover everything from cleaning the fryers, to checking the inventory, to sorting the garbage. This buildup of positive commitment cannot go on for ever. This phenomenon is important because it affects the way people respond to what you offer. Our people change the way they behave; the customer signs the contract; the head office approves our plan. There is a limit to what capable teams can accomplish though if they do not have the resources to do their job. Figure 8.7 Customers React to a Trigger Level of Annoyance. There are some cases where capability does not relate directly to a specific resource flow, but they tend to be less influential on long-term strategic performance than are these tightly coupled pairings of resource and capability. Third, client acquisition efforts did not cease altogether, but imminent potential business was just kept warm, rather than being actively sold a project. Earlier chapters explained how a few simple resources lie at the heart of any organization, determining how it performs through time. The logic is unavoidable: Unfortunately, intangibles can be tough to manage. Intangible resources include things such as reputation, experience, credibility, and staff skills., it will speed the growth of other resources, so imagine the likely performance advantage for an organization with an edge in all such factors. So, if soft factors are to make any difference to performance (which they clearly do), they. The consequences can be bizarre. Unfortunately we often come up against problems caused by a different kind of feeling: a negative perception about something important. Intangible resources include things such as reputation, experience, credibility, and staff skills. We work hard to persuade our people to try something new, but they just will not give it a go. Nevertheless, they are important drivers of performance through time, so some attempt must be made to understand and manage them. Skill levels drop if not maintained by practice or repeated training; employees can lose their enthusiasm for a job; donors may lose their commitment to supporting a charitable or political cause. Managers can find ways to influence both the inflow and outflow of intangibles. For example. In this case, we can see two key groups (clients and staff) choosing to move from one state (with the firm) to another (not with it), each driven to make these choices by powerful intangible factors (quality, reputation, and morale). By putting this together with estimates of client losses, they obtained a picture of the dynamics of their client base (Figure 8.3 "Pressure of Work Creates Problems With Quality and Reputation"). Organizations increasingly measure intangible factors. There are similarities, too, between the deterioration of tangible resources mentioned in Chapter 3 "Resources and Bathtub Behavior" and the decay of intangible resources. Then all of a sudden, everything moves. Large companies develop extensive holdings of assets in the form of machines and infrastructure. These systems contain people, though, and people have feelings and capabilities that determine how they behave: doing more or less of what you would like, or deciding to change from one state to another. Intangible resources are well known as the market brand, the employee commitment and trust within the company, the employee knowledge, good costumer relation, the principles of the business such as reputation, and values. They could cope with this pressure at first because they were not especially stretched, but a year or so later it got to be too much for them and they started making mistakes. Perceived menu quality is key, for example, to a restaurant’s ability to win new customers, because those people do not have any direct experience of what they will be served until they have actually eaten there. In some cases, such a fix can even make customers feel better about you than if the problem had never arisen. 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. Earlier in this chapter I explained that intangibles drive two distinct behaviors among important groups that affect our performance. In contrast, intangible resources are quite difficult to see, to touch, or to quantify. While something like business reputation may change when the company is sold, a dump truck will work as well for one owner as for another. Clearly such organizations achieve much of this performance by training people: in other words, by adding to their individual skills. Copyright 2020 Leaf Group Ltd. / Leaf Group Media, All Rights Reserved. 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