Today we have a list from Boston Consulting Group: “2013′s Most Innovative Companies.”
It isn’t a surprise who’s first. Apple stands tall as it’s their ninth consecutive year at the top of the list, ahead of Samsung (2nd) and Google (3rd).
Samsung has surpassed Google this year, which was ranked 2nd every year since 2006. Samsung’s rise has been meteoric, just like its smartphone sales, as it was ranked 26th on the same list in 2008. Microsoft and IBM were also on the list, which have been top 10 every year since 2005.
The way that the list is compiled is a bit questionable, as is the case whenever you’re creating a list to rank things based on superlatives— “innovative” being the key word here.
A survey of 1,500 international senior executives ranks the companies every year, combined with financial results for the last three years including shareholder returns, revenue growth and margin gains also contribute to the list.
I’m not sure how any of these financial statistics and rankings (from iPhone-wielding executives, most likely) shows “innovation” whatsoever, but it’s really not up to me to decide.
You can interpret it any way you want, but this is just the way that it is.
Source: Korea Times