Asset Management - an anatomy


The IAM developed the Anatomy to provide an appreciation of asset management, for both experts and newcomers: what it is, what it can achieve, the scope of the discipline and a description of the underlying concepts and philosophy. Asset Management - an anatomy Version 3 (2015) has been accessed over 1000 times. 

It is intended to:

  • help individuals on their asset management journey to better understand the discipline, where to find more information, and what to do next
  • help organisations to decide whether to adopt asset management and/ or improve their asset management capability
“Modern society is heavily reliant on physical assets in order to function effectively.
Managing assets so they can provide products and services now, and into the future, is a core part of the discipline known as asset management. But assets can be made of anything – a brand, a licence, a right of way, a group of companies, opportunities – anything in which you invest to achieve your purpose."
Asset Management - an anatomy



The first version of Asset Management - an anatomy was published in 2011, and Version 2 in 2014 to align it with the newly published ISO 55000. Version 3 has been extensively improved and represents considerable intellectual contributions from a wide variety of people worldwide, with particular credit to those named in the document.

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Asset Management – an anatomy (Version 3) is available as a free PDF download for IAM members.

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