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World’s Most Admired Companies (2009)

Sponsor: Fortune 100

“This year Fortune has revamped the Most Admired Survey by combining the former America's Most Admired Company (AMAC) survey and the former World's Most Admired Company (WMAC) survey into one. The new listing better represents the competitive landscape faced by today's companies. The survey covers 64 industries: 25 international industries and 39 primarily U.S.-market industries. Basically, the international industries follow the rules of the old WMAC (where as many as the 15 largest companies in an industry by revenue are chosen), and the 39 U.S. industries follow the rules of the old AMAC (where as many as the ten largest companies in an industry by revenue are chosen). The impact of the changes is a reduction in the number of smaller American companies in the international industries and a slight increase in the number of foreign competitors in the 39 U.S.-market industries.”

“To create the top 50 overall list of Most Admired Companies, Hay Group asked 4,047 executives, directors, and securities analysts who had responded to the industry surveys to select the ten companies they admired most. They chose from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25% in last year's surveys, plus those that finished in the top 20% of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry. The difference in the voting rolls is why some results can seem anomalous-for example, Toyota is one of the top ten Most Admired Companies, but only second in its industry to BMW, which ranked 28th on the top 50. A total of 689 companies from 28 countries were surveyed.”


Last Updated:
March 2009