The World's Most Innovative Companies 2006 - Published in April 2006. US weekly magazine BusinessWeek
teamed up with The Boston Consulting Group to produce
the second annual ranking of the world's 100 most
innovative companies. More than 1,000 senior managers
responded to the global survey, making it the deepest
management survey to date on this critical issue.
BusinessWeek's Global 1200 - Published in December 2005. US magazine
BusinessWeek says that amid the rapid technological and economic shifts of our hypercompetitive world,
here's a surprise: The top multinationals remain amazingly stable. Eight of the
10 companies that head up BusinessWeek's Global 1200, a ranking of
corporations worldwide by stock market value, are the same ones that made the
top 10 last year. In fact, General Electric, ExxonMobil, and Microsoft, collectively worth $1
trillion, didn't budge from the top three spots. Health-care products maker
Johnson & Johnson and
consumer-products maker Procter & Gamble) moved into the top group,
while financial services giant HSBC Holdings and drugmaker Pfizer dropped out. One big reason
for such stability: Fund managers like to hang on to these "mega caps" to
counter the volatility of their riskier stocks.
World's Top 1,000 Manufacturers - Published each June by the US magazine IndustryWeek: Use the free database to view the entire tenth annual IW 1000 list of the
world's largest publicly held manufacturing firms -- based on 2004 revenues
The Fortune 2005 Global 500 - Fortune says that it was much harder to join the ranks of the world's largest companies this year—the
revenue required to make the list jumped 15% to $12.4 billion. Wal-Mart Stores heads the revenue rankings with BP in second place. ExxonMobil heads the profit rankings, making $10bn more profit than BP, with a turnover of $14bn lower than the UK oil giant.
The 2005 Fortune 500 - Fortune's ranking of America's largest companies. Complete listings of all 500 companies, plus company profiles with full list and
industry data, up-to-date stock information. Some information is only available to subscribers
The World's Most Respected Companies - Produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers and published in the Financial Times in November 2005.
Ratings by company CEOs of companies, business leaders and management gurus. Legendary management visionary Peter Drucker heads the latter category. The survey was carried out weeks before Drucker's death at the age of 95.
The BusinessWeek 50 -BusinessWeek on its
methodology: Evolution has been a hallmark of the BusinessWeek 50 ever since we created the
ranking back in 1997. One of our goals was to capture the dynamic nature of
strong growth. It's reflected in how we identify the best of the S&P 500. We
use 10 performance metrics, starting with sales and earnings growth. We tally
both for the most recent 12-month and three-year periods, to reward companies
that can prosper over time. As a gauge of how well management deploys its
resources, we factor in net profit margins and return on equity. And finally we
account for the market's view, by measuring total shareholder returns for one-
and three-year periods.