Five Indian firms in Forbes list of "The World's Most Innovative Companies"
Five Indian companies including Larsen & Toubro, Hindustan Unilever and Infosys are ranked on prestigious US magazine Forbes?s list of "The World's Most Innovative Companies".
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) with an annual sales growth (ASG) of 19 percent is ranked ninth in the world followed by Hindustan Unilever (HUL) 12th with 11.4 percent. Infosys (19) comes third with 12.7 percent growth thanks to what the US business magazine called a lower "innovation premium."
The list has been topped by four US Companies - Cloud computing king Salesforce.com, drug major Alexion Pharmaceuticals, internet retail giant Amazon.com and open source software leader Red Hat - respectively.
The other two companies, which have been included in the list are: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on 29th position with ASG of 19.5%, and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries on 38th with ASG of 14.6%.
This measures the difference between the value of the company's existing businesses and its expected future innovations. Companies must also have $10 billion in market capitalization and spend at least one percent of their asset base on research and development.
Forbes said its analyses show at least three key things that the innovative companies do to create and sustain an innovation premium. These were: How well companies leverage people, process, and philosophies, differentiates the best in class from the next in class when it comes to keeping innovation alive and delivering an innovation premium year after year.
Forbes also featured S D Shibulal, cofounder and CEO of Infosys (#19 this year; #15 last), calling him "both observer and experimenter." In his 30 years at Infosys Shibulal says, "there is nothing that I have not done."
He was the first sales person, has done account management, launched its internet consulting practice, is a network expert, helped design and launch its first e-commerce application, and has been the head of both delivery and sales, the magazine noted.
To get a new perspective, Shibulal took a five-year sabbatical to work for another firm, Sun Microsystems, Forbes said. He's also known as an experimenter and "gadget freak" and revered as a "gizmo guru."
Forbes said it had found that successful leaders personally understand how innovation happens and they try to imprint their behaviours as processes and philosophies within their organization.
--With IANS Inputs--
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