How to use a resource audit

A resource audit is a strategy analysis technique that is used to investigate both tangible and intangible resources. The results of a resource audit serve as a starting point for forming strategy, initiating change or developing products and services.

How to use a resource audit

Resource Audit

Another technique to analyze the internal environment of a business, is with the Resource Audit. Strategy that is developed inside the organization, is based on the belief that completeness comes from the ability to develop new and novel products or services from a set of core competencies. However, for this approach to be successful, it is thus necessary to identify which competencies there are in an organization and to highlight any potential weak areas which could affect the deployment of a successful strategy. A resource audit distinguishes five resources: 3 tangible resources and 2 intangible resources.

The three tangible resources are: physical resources, financial resources and human resources. The two intangible resources are know how resources and reputation resources.

Resource audit

Examples of tangible resources

Physical resources

Are for example assets that an organization owns or has access to, think of things as buildings, plants, equipment and land. These types of infrastructures can be new and cost effective, or old and cost inefficient.

Financial resources

Besides the amount of money a company owns for, for example, research and development, also the financial stability of the organization is incorporated in this resource ass well as for example the interest rate at which a company can loan money from a bank or investors.

Human Resources

The last tangible resource in the resource audit model is human capital. With this resource, all people working for on organization, their knowledge, skills, competencies and commitment are meant.

Examples of intangible resources

Know How Resources

With know-how resources, we mean things related to patents, trademarks and other information that is, or is not, available to  the business.

Reputation Resources

The final resource is reputation, which consists of brand awareness and whether the brand has value in the market place.

How to use a resource audit

By providing insight into both tangible and intangible resources, insight is provided into the current business position: what are the strengths of an organization and what are its potential weaknesses? These serve as a starting point for business changes or product development.

Practice the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

Over here you can practice for the BCS exam. A free practice exam is available, and for less then $10,- you buy two full practice exams with 80 questions.

The CATWOE Analysis Technique
Business Analysis
CATWOE Analysis

The CATWOE Analysis technique is a stakeholder analysis technique that helps you gain insight into what is important to stakeholders. In this article we will cover everything you need to know to successfully implement this technique in your daily work. We will also discuss some CATWOE analysis examples.

Read More »

Prepare well for your BCS® Foundation Certificate

Check out the free practice exam

BCS Business Analysis