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GGI RapidNews: MANAGEMENT PRODUCTIVITY

Volume 7, Issue 7- August 2, 2006

Fortune Magazine’s List of the Top 500 Companies

Who are at the top of the 500 most successful companies world-wide? How “little” can a company make and still be part of this exclusive club? These questions are answered in the July 24, 2006, issue of Fortune Magazine.

ExxonMobil wins the #1 Spot with annual revenues of $339.9 billion. Slightly down the list at #5 is General Motors at $192.6 billion. The #500 company, the last on this list but certainly still a star, is NIKE. This athletic footwear maker has annual revenues of $13.7 billion.

What does it take to be big? Check out these books and Websites for the stories of the top five companies on Fortune’s list:

1. EXXON MOBIL
Book: The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous World, by Paul Roberts. This book examines the energy sources that could replace oil and how disruptive such a transition would be.
Web: www.exxonmobil.com; topix.net/forum/com/xom

2. WAL-MART
Book: The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World’s Most Powerful Company Really Works–and How It’s Transforming the American Economy, by Charles Fishman. In this book, Fishman suggests that the story of Wal-Mart is really the story of the transformation of America. A story in which market dominance has become a double-edge sword.
Web: www.walmartfacts.com; www.walmartwatch.com

3. ROYAL DUTCH SHELL
Book: A Century in Oil: The Shell Transport and Trading company 1897 – 1997, by Stephen Howarth. This is an authorized history of the Anglo-Dutch giant.
Web: www.shell.com; www.royaldutchshellplc.com

4. BP
Book:Oil Titans, by Valerie Marcel, with contributions by former BP advisor John V. Mitchell. An insider’s look at state-owned oil firms including the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, the National Iranian Oil Company and Sonatrach of Algeria.
Web: www.bp.com

5. GENERAL MOTORS
Book: Billy, Alfred, and General Motors: The Story of Two Unique Men, a Legendary Company, and a Remarkable Time in American History, by William Pelfrey.
Web: www.gm.com; www.fastlane.gmblogs.com

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