The Mystique of the Hidden Champions
Large corporations are the subject of close and constant scrutiny by academic researchers, analysts, shareholders, and journalists. Hidden champions, on the other hand, remain a virtually unexplored source of knowledge. Scattered across the globe, thousands of these highly successful companies are concealed behind a curtain of inconspicuousness, invisibility and, in some cases, deliberate secrecy. This applies to the products these companies make, how they beat the competition or—even more difficult to research—how they are managed internally. Even their names are known to only a handful of experts, consultants, journalists, and researchers.