The Saab Journey — now on to China

If Pang Da auto (one of Saab’s new owners) was in the US, they would be in the top 300 of Fortune companies … and hardly anyone knows the name. Saab auto has had quite the journey from its home in Sweden to being part of General Motors and now owned by a...

BRIC Companies in The Global 5000

Periodically, various analysts and news articles bring the idea of BRIC country development comes to the front. Examining The Global 5000 companies, we find 6.5% of the companies are in Brazil, Russia, India and China.  But they represent nearly 10% of the revenue of...

Using Revenue per Employee as a Metric

Many companies look at numerous metrics to see how their own firm stacks up against their peers. One of those benchmarks is revenue per employee and we decided to look at The Global 5000 database and do some calculations. Normally, there are significant differences in...

Health Care Costs for Corporations Rising Dramtaically

A NY Times article today reported the dramatic rise in health care costs for employers. It is no surprise that this has had such an effect on employment in corporations. Plus, given what we have seen when looking at the revenue of health care related companies, this...

The Growing China Influence

Focusing on growth markets whether they are selected geographies, specific industries or sizes of companies is the goal of most companies these days. With growth slowing in the US and across Europe, most eyes are turning to Asia and with China as potentially the...

The Banking Industry Continues Sending Shudders

This past week, the European banking industry continued making everyone nervous and now comes the news that Bank of America is cutting 30,000 jobs. In recent weeks, there have been a number of banks shedding non-banking operations as they line up equity to meet...