Investigating trends at the world’s 1000 largest corporate R&D spenders.
What the Top Innovators Get Right
With careful attention to six key areas, companies can make the most of their R&D investment and outpace the competition.
The success of the companies we’ve identified as high-leverage innovators — those that outperformed their industry groups on seven key measures of financial success for the previous five years, while at the same time spending less on R&D as a percentage of sales — reaffirms one of the time-tested findings of the Global Innovation 1000 study. There is no long-term correlation between the amount of money a company spends on its innovation efforts and its overall financial performance. Instead, what matters is how companies use that money and other resources, as well as the quality of their talent, processes, and decision making, to create products and services that connect with their customers.
The Global Innovation 1000 study analyses spending at the world's 1000 largest publicly listed corporate R&D spenders. The interactive data tool below lists the Top 25 largest corporate R&D spenders from the years 2012-2018 worldwide. You can use the tool to filter by year, company name, country, and industry group to view R&D expenditures, Revenue, and R&D intensity (R&D expenditure as a percentage of Revenue). In order to see the complete list of Top 1000 corporate R&D spenders from the years 2012-2018 see the "Download the Data" section. Click here for the methodology.
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Strategy&’s 2018 Global Innovation 1000 study Methodology