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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

STRATEGY+BUSINESS
The Global Innovation 1000

From Booz Allen Hamilton's Strategy+Business:

"What does Dentsply International, a midsized manufacturer of dental products in York, Penn., have in common with Kobe Steel, a Japanese metals producer? What qualities are shared by Cadbury Schweppes, the European candy and beverage company; Tata Motors, the up-and-coming Indian automaker; and Google, the superstar of Silicon Valley? What links Caterpillar, the leviathan of earthmoving equipment, with Apple, the nimble conjurer of the iPod Nano, and Adidas, the German purveyor of sportswear? What does Toyota have in common with Christian Dior?

The answer: All these companies spend less than their competitors on research and development, yet outpace their industries across a wide range of performance metrics."