Asset Based Strategy Matrix

A while back I was involved in some research on asset based community development, and started thinking about a typology of asset-based strategies.  I wondered if the key factors with regard at least to land and building assets might be

  • how the asset-based strategy relates to organisational aims, on the one hand, and on the other
  • the technical characteristics (method and terms) of the asset acquisition.

I started to fit projects I knew about into a matrix on this, colour-coded according to how successful I felt the asset based strategies had been, and what started to emerge was something like this (I have removed the actual project names)...

Asset Based Strategy Matrix

See the pattern? Intuitively it makes some sense that those projects that are either commercially harder or more important (to the mission) will succeed best - so perhaps I'm just proving the obvious. But can it really be true that the lower the cost the more likely the failure?

In the event the research took a different approach - the last thing anyone wanted was to raise unnecessary questions in the minds of grant funders - nevertheless 'easy come easy go' remains an intriguing speculation.

success of assets aquistion

Very interesting research Geof and is it also linked to the reluctance of Local Authorities and Public bodies to help communities and social enterprises purchase assets outright - prefering to offer deals like peppercorn rents so that they retained the asset?  I sure it also relates to other assets tan buildings? - last comment - we once helped a community purchase the canal that ran through the estate and turn it into a profitable fishing resource.

Assets - very interesting

Geof - just a quick note to say I think this is really interesting and insightful, and wondered if you had any thoughts about what might be the case if 'asset' wasn't a building, but natural assets like woodland, waterways etc? Where might they sit in the above... or does it require another matrix?!

Thanks for sharing anyway.