After an introductory note by Pier Francesco Galli on the role of the intellectual and on the meaning of "Intellectual Capital", three documents are reprinted: Giulio Sapelli’s preface to a collection of papers by Armando Marchi (Il dragomanno e il dilemma del senso. Scritti editi e inediti. Milan: Guerini & Associates, 2010) where he reflects on the role of the intellectual; a chapter of this book ("People: From resource to capital. Open problems on the use value of the theory of Intellectual Capital") where Armando Marchi (1955-2008) reflects on his experience when he was working on human resources as team leader of the Barilla Lab for Knowledge and Innovation; a review-essay by Francesco Mattioli on the special issue no. 3/1986 for the 20th Anniversary of the journal Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane ("Twenty years of an important binomial", which appeared in la Rivisteria, 1987, 10: 30-33), where the role of this journal in the Italian intellectual life of the 1960s-80s is described.
Keywords: Role of the intellectual, intellectual capital, organizational psychology, human resources, management]