Skip to comments.The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies
Posted on 05/04/2007 8:46:04 AM PDT by Swordmaker
Not so long ago, no conversation about innovation would be complete without the story of 3M inventor Art Frys eureka moment that led to the Post-it Note. Today, that tale, which verges on cliche, has been almost universally replaced by the story of the iPod, Apples omnipresent icon of design.
It should come as little surprise, then, that Apple tops the BusinessWeek-Boston Consulting Groups list of the Worlds Most Innovative Companies for the third year in a row. That sort of staying power speaks volumes about the sort of innovation that matters today. Unlike the Post-it Note, which proves the value of lone inventors, the iPod epitomizes todays innovation sensibilities. These include the ascendance of design, the focus on the users experience, and the power of ecosystems: The iPod is a hit because it works so seamlessly with the iTunes software. The companys much-anticipated iPhone, which launches in June, will likely keep Apple high on our list next year too.
There are some surprises this year, including four new companies in the top 25Disney, Boeing, Genentech, and Cisco Systems. In other cases, the resilience of corporate reputation was surprising. Wal-Mart Stores suffers from slow growth, but still commands respect for its supply-chain innovations. Dell wears the brand halo of an innovator for its efficient direct-to-consumer model, though it suffered through a management shakeup and fell from No. 14 to No. 22. And what of 3M? It fell too, from No. 3 in 2006 to No. 7 this year.
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I don’t see how Nintendo ranks so low given they put out the Wii, the most innovative console in, well, forever.
Daimler Chrysler? Must be the Daimler half.
39th ain't bad... considering there are millions of companies in the world...
Chrysler paid back a government loan. That was pretty innovative. :)
The Daimler half showed how innovative it was when it closed down US plants, moved more production to Mexico, and last but not least, made almost the entire product line look like Third Reich staff cars. Yeah, really innovative.
Daimler Chrysler at #30? BWAHAHAHA!
First dole recipient in history to do so, eh?
39th is bad when you've revolutionized both handheld and console gaming, and come from being the underdog in the previous console generation to being clearly on top in this one through innovation. Aside from the actual innovation in the Wii, they've even managed to bring in a new demographic for console gaming. So we have both technical and marketing innovation.
A company like that, leading innovation in its industry, needs to be higher.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
A leading systems, solutions and technical services company, offers a broad range of expertise in defense modernization efforts, intelligence, homeland security, logistics and product support, health and life sciences, space and earth sciences and global commercial services.
Translation = Beltway Bandit.
I haven’t met too many folks that like working for them, esp the companies they have Borged.
LOL. I can change your opinion, but it will cost you.
Had a bud working 5ESS training when his unit got Borged by SAIC. THe newsletter they published/sent out before the deal was done had a line that freaked out many
“Slackers need not apply” To a bunch of old school Bell System employees. Talk about psyops!
Had a chance years ago to stay in the ‘black’ side of things and work for the likes of EG&G special projects or Esystems or some other cowboy outfit.
Chose the light and moved to AK, haven’t looked back.
SAIC falls in the cowboy group.
Maybe that's an indication of the relative importance of gaming.
(Have you noticed I am agreeing with you?)
Sometimes the country needs cowboys, and some of them wear white hats.
Cowboys bring an agressive, can-do attitude, and often scream, “Damn the rules, full speed ahead!”
Of course, these self-same cowboys often wind up in jail for just that...
I’m just sayin’...
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Maybe what this list really points out is how few genuinely innovative larger firms there are aside from Apple and Google - sheer size quickly becomes a limiting factor.
It's a seven billion a year industry. Besides, relative to the importance things like crappy coffee (Starbucks, #14)?
Anyway, I finally read the methodology. They just randomly surveyed managers. A good chunk of them probably don't even know what Nintendo's up to.
“I am a Priate KIng
And it tis, it tis
A wonderful thing
to be a Priate King.”
Play with the big and and get the same crud they hand to the other big boys.
No thanks. And I say that as a former QAE/COTR , procurement offical.
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Actually, if you look at the Doge/Chrysler line over the last few years - LOTS of new (mostly completely new) models.
Chrysler invented the minivan