The financial value of human capital and the challenge of retaining it
Determining the value of companies based on human capital is a growing challenge in an economy increasingly based on knowledge and services. Such companies also depend on the contribution of key people to generate value, especially at certain phases of their development. Based on a case study of an engineering design firm (Firm), this article details a method that can be replicated to determine the value of other companies in the service sector. We also propose a financial method to support decisions on sharing that value – and how to do so – among the key people, to compensate them in line with the importance of their contributions. Finally, we point out the difficulties of this process and the variables that must be monitored by companies to reach their objectives of creating value and retaining talents.