As Silicon Valley legend Bill Joy once famously observed, “no matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.” And increasingly global innovators are getting that message. They are leveraging analytics to scout for external opportunities in large unstructured data sets, for example, patents, scientific literature, and venture funding. At the same time they are fostering cultures and embracing new structures that enable them to realize the benefits of external ideas.
Since 2005, BCG has surveyed senior innovation executives to identify their priorities and the 50 companies they view as most innovative. Explore how the company rankings have changed over time.Explore the interactive