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Global Leaders, Challengers and Champions

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Global Leaders, Challengers and Champions

The Engines of Emerging Markets. 2016 BCG Global Challenges

Boston Consulting Group,

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Some emerging market firms are becoming world leaders despite the headwinds of declining global growth.

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Slowing growth has dominated the global economic news for some time. Yet buried beneath the headlines are businesses in developing countries that are forging ahead to become vibrant world leaders in their industries. Professionals at the Boston Consulting Group have compiled this astute and in-depth analysis of the 100 top emerging market companies that are excelling in a variety of sectors. getAbstract recommends this noteworthy report to executives and others interested in firm-level market trends.


In 2006, the Boston Consulting Group first published its list of “global challengers” – the top 100 emerging market companies across 63 economic sectors. These firms grew their revenue at triple the rate of their developed market competitors between 2009 and 2014. Broadly, the business-to-business (B2B) enterprises have a more global span than the business-to-consumer (B2C) concerns, but all types of companies use M&A to extend their geographic reach. B2Bs with a commodities focus have benefited from demand in China, while the fortunes of heavy equipment manufacturers have risen with the increase in infrastructure...

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Daniel Azevedo et al. are professionals with the Boston Consulting Group.

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