Nestlé: Interaction of R&D and Intelligence Management

  • Roman Boutellier
  • Oliver Gassmann
  • Maximilian von Zedtwitz


Through more than 130 years of history, Nestlé has grown from a two-product company focusing essentially on infant nutrition to one of the largest food companies worldwide. The Nestlé portfolio consists of 56 brands worldwide, over 15,000 products sold across the five continents and manufactured in more than 60 countries. Sales amounted to approximately 40 billion Swiss francs in 1996 and represent a 1.5% share of the world market. They are distributed across three geographical areas: Europe, America, Asia, and five categories of products: beverages, dairy, ready meals, confectionery and pharmaceutical products.


Technology Transfer Knowledge Management Operational Company Technological Breakthrough Swiss Franc 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roman Boutellier
    • 1
    • 2
  • Oliver Gassmann
    • 2
    • 3
  • Maximilian von Zedtwitz
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.SIGNeuhausenSwitzerland
  2. 2.Technology ManagementUniversity of St. GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.R&D Technology ManagementSchindler Lifts Ltd.EbikonSwitzerland
  4. 4.Harvard UniversityUSA
  5. 5.Technology ManagementIMD InternationalLausanneSwitzerland

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