50 Of The Most Innovative Companies In The World. Tata, General Morotors, Facebook Are Big Surprises.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on April 18, 2008

Check out 50 of The Most Innovative Companies around the globe in the current issue of IN—Inside Innovation. And there are a number of surprises. Two Indian companies made the TOP 25—Tata was No. 6 and Reliance came in at 19. A Detroit automaker made the list—General Motors at 18. A Wall Street firm, the first, made the TOP 25—Goldman Sachs, at 21. Facebook came in at 25.

Check out the interractive table for the TOP 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

We have a slideshow of the 50 companies.

There is an amazing video interview with P&G’s CEO, A.G. Lafley that is just about the best analysis of innovation from a top exec

that I have ever seen. It's a wonderful description of how P&G went from a tech-driven, insular company to a consumer-centric, open-source organization. P&G is No. 8 on The 25 Most Innovative Companies list for 2008.

The is a great Q&A with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

And an interactive case study from IBM on innovating that includes a video of John Kelley, IBM's new director of research. He's reorganzing IBM's huge global laboratory system.

I did a podcast with Jim Andrews, head of the innovation practice at Boston Consulting Group, Business Week's partner in the Most Innovative Companies annual survey. Jim is smart and cool.

Reader Comments

Gabriel Harp

April 20, 2008 1:55 PM

Perhaps this interview with Michael Dell explains why Dell dropped to #46.

Because I practice and teach design, it's always disappointing when fashion and styling are represented as a turn towards design thinking and innovation. True, look and feel matter, but I think it will take a new global vision for companies like Dell to find their societal and environmental mission and succeed in Emerging Economies like India and China.

Specifically, I'm thinking of compelling visions like those presented in The Emerging Economy Report, recently released by India's foremost innovation consulting firm. It goes beyond the obvious 'look and feel' scenarios of innovation and describes world-changing opportunities for engaging with users in Emerging Economies.

Since we have six Dell towers in our lab in Bangalore, I'm well aware of how they are received and (un)used by my students. I can safely say that if Dell wants to do better in India, they need to present a product system more in line with these students' needs and expectations.

I am surprised as well

April 22, 2008 11:26 PM

I am surprised as well, what is Tata known for anyway ? Please don't tell the world's cheapest car.

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