The Global MAKE Awards – 2008

Posted by Arjun Thomas

The MAKE awards are one of the most prestigious KM awards ever given to a company, this is an annual affair. Over the years this has gotten so successful that sub-categories of these awards have been created. Its a very sought after credential to have and companies take this very seriously.

There is a short summary of the report below, feel free to read the entire one at length.

Introduction

Companies dedicated to growth through managing enterprise knowledge and innovation create intellectual capital and shareholder value twice as fast as their competitors, according to the new 2008 Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Report published by Teleos.

McKinsey & Company is the overall Global MAKE Winner for the second year in a row. North America took top honors with 6 Winners, followed by Asia (5 Winners) and Europe (4 Winners). There were also 5 ‘Global’ Winners whose organizational structures reflect the 21st global knowledge economy. They operate as partnerships or have global rather national/regional management structures and include consulting firms, professional services, non-profits, and increasingly energy, media, pharmaceutical and web-based firms.

The Winners of the 11th annual Global MAKE study, conducted by Teleos in association with The KNOW Network, are:

  1. McKinsey & Company (Global)
  2. Google (United States)
  3. Royal Dutch Shell plc (The Netherlands)
  4. Toyota (Japan)
  5. Wikipedia (Global)
  6. Honda (Japan)
  7. Apple (United States)
  8. Fluor (United States)
  9. Microsoft (United States)
  10. PricewaterhouseCoopers (Global)
  11. Ernst & Young (Global)
  12. IBM (United States)
  13. Schlumberger (France/United States)
  14. Samsung Group (S. Korea)
  15. BP (United Kingdom)
  16. Unilever (The Netherlands/United Kingdom)
  17. Accenture (Global)

The 2008 Global MAKE Winners have been recognized as leaders in:

  • creating an enterprise knowledge-driven culture
  • developing knowledge workers through senior management leadership
  • developing and delivering knowledge-based products/solutions
  • maximizing enterprise intellectual capital
  • creating an environment for collaborative knowledge sharing
  • creating a learning organization
  • delivering value based on stakeholder knowledge
  • transforming enterprise knowledge into shareholder/stakeholder value

2008 Global MAKE Study Trends

In the first Global MAKE study conducted in 1998, a total of 45 organizations were recognized as Global MAKE Finalists with the following geographic distribution:

  • North America (33 organizations – 74%)
  • Europe (9 organizations – 20%)
  • Asia (2 organizations – 4%)
  • Global (1 organization – World Bank – 2%)

The 1998 Global MAKE Winners (top 20 Finalists) were distributed as follows:

  • North America (16 organizations – 80%);
  • Europe (4 organizations – 20%); Asia (0).

Eleven years later, the 2008 study recorded 49 Global MAKE Finalists with the following geographic distribution:

  • North America (18 organizations – 36.7%)
  • Europe (10 organizations – 20.4%)
  • Asia (12 organizations – 24.5%)
  • South America (1 organization – 2.1%)
  • Global (8 organizations – Accenture, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Environmental Resources Management, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Wikipedia – 16.3%)

The 2008 Global MAKE Winners (top 20 Finalists) were distributed as follows:

  • North America (6 organizations – 30%);
  • Europe (4 organizations – 20%);
  • Asia (5 organizations – 25%);
  • Global (5 organizations – 25%).

The most recent Executive Summaries for the global, regional and national MAKE studies are available as PDF downloads.

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