Fortune: Apple Computer the most admired company for innovation in 2006

Apple Computer (#11) is the third most admired tech company of Fortune’s Top 20 America’s Most Admired Companies list, behind #8 Dell and #10 Microsoft. Another tech company also on the overall list is IBM at #19. Full list here.

Broken out by industry, the Fortune list for “Computers” shows:
(Rank. Company – Overall score)
1. Intl. Business Machines – 7.31
2. Apple Computer – 7.14
3. Xerox – 6.85
4. Hewlett-Packard – 6.80
5. Pitney Bowes – 6.63
6. Canon – 6.55
7. Dell – 6.13
8. Sun Microsystems – 5.89
9. NCR – 5.34
10. Gateway – 5.19

Fortune’s “Computers” industry ranking here.

On the “Innovation” list, Apple Computer is the most admired company for innovation this year, up from #3 last year:
1. Apple Computer
2. Google
3. UnitedHealth Group
4. Procter & Gamble
5. Walt Disney
6. FedEx
7. Genentech
8. Nike
9. Advanced Micro Devices
10. Target

Fortune’s most admired for “Innovation” list here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “ds” for the heads up.]

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13 Comments

  1. This only shows how little investors know about innovation. Apple behind Dell (which as less R&D spending than Apple) and in front of IBM which produces more patents than the rest of the industry combined.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple but this…

  2. “This only shows how little investors know about innovation. Apple behind Dell (which as less R&D spending than Apple) and in front of IBM which produces more patents than the rest of the industry combined.” – Dutch

    And that’s why they get voted to be the most admired company. The 11th rank is for the overall score, not just innovation.

    Who came up with this? – Suicidal Gingerbread Man

    If you click on the first link, it says that Fortune asked businesspeople to vote.

  3. What about Intel and AMD? Innovation can have a very broad definition. For scientific and technical innovations, IBM, Intel and AMD should definitely be up there. Apple is up there for product, design, and technical innovation. Dell and Wal-Wart are there for innovation in logistics. Microsoft is there for uh, hmmm, uh monopolistic innovation. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. I often witness speakers at business conferences telling their delegates that the way forward is to innovate and they always offer Apple as an example of who you should copy in order to innovate.

    It’s good that Apple are always the first company to be mentioned in that way ( the Virgin group usually get mentioned next ), but it does seem somewhat ironic that they are being advised to innovate by copying another company.

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