Thomson Reuters has listed Apple in its top 10 global tech leaders list, behind Microsoft, Intel and Cisco. Other top ten companies are Alphabet, IBM, Texas Instruments, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, SAP and Accenture.

The full list of 100 companies includes Adobe, Acer, Amazon, ASUS, eBay, Facebook, HP, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Qualcomm and Samsung …

Thomson Reuters says that it analyzed 28 separate factors across eight categories:

  • Management & investor confidence
  • Legal compliance
  • Financial performance
  • Innovation
  • Risk & resilience
  • People & social responsibility
  • Reputation
  • Environmental impact

The combination provides a ‘holistic’ view of companies, it says.

It’s not easy to become a Top 100 Global Technology Leader. We analyze 28 factors across eight performance pillars to find out who truly sits at the top.

Our proprietary methodology goes beyond financials to capture a holistic view of what it takes to thrive.

This objective approach uses probabilistic programming techniques, drawing on both proven valuation strategy and unique data assets in a way that only Thomson Reuters can deliver.

It argued that changing times require a new approach to judging the ability of a company to continue to succeed across time.

Today, we’re watching the gradual evolution from the Knowledge Economy into the Age of Arti cial Intelligence and Virtuality. With it, we are also experiencing a fundamental shift in what it means to be a leader in this rapidly-changing marketplace […]

Leadership, in today’s day and age, is judged less in terms of ledgers and balance sheets—as it has been over the last several centuries—and more in terms of the ability to disrupt quickly and establish a vision that captivates the world while staying true to operational rigors and the customer.

Oddly, the company doesn’t rank the remaining 90 companies in the list, nor does it provide any detail of how a particular company fit its criteria.

Apple of course regularly wins awards and accolades, though in two recent rankings it took second place. In November TIME named the iPhone X the second-best gadget of 2017, and Drucker ranked Apple as the second-best managed company.

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