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The Most Innovative Companies in the World all Have This in Common...

Great companies know the key to future success lies in the steps you take today.

These companies dole out massive amounts of cash to their engineering teams to develop cutting-edge products that will provide for sales and profit growth in the years to come.

This strategy was the cornerstone for Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT ) in the 1980s, Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO ) in the 1990s and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) in the most recent decade.

But not all of this spending on research and development (R&D) pays off. Each of these high-tech companies has also had considerable flops. That's alright with management, though, because they know that taking risks is what yields success. And R&D efforts must have the freedom to aim high in search of new blockbuster products.

-- David Sterman

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