Each year Fortune Magazine categorizes American corporations into a snapshot view of how each performed in the previous year. The list compiles the top 500 companies based upon revenue. The following article looks closer at the NAICS industry sectors that make up the 2008 Fortune 500 list and the performance level of each sector represented using multiple dimensions of analysis. This research investigates the 2008 Fortune 500 companies in terms of their NAICS industry sector, geography, revenue generation, and profitability. The study further explores employment levels and labor productivity within and across sectors. Additionally, the education levels attained by the top executive are revealed. Finally, the report compares industry sectors in an effort to better understand the composition of the 2008 Fortune 500 list and its contribution to the American economy as a whole.
Martelli, Joseph T.; Abels, Patricia B.; and Ward, Kara M.
"An Empirical Investigation Focusing on the Composition and Performance of the Fortune 500,"
Journal of the North American Management Society: Vol. 4:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://thekeep.eiu.edu/jnams/vol4/iss2/3