Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award
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For 31 years, PDMA's exclusiveOutstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award has become the premier honor for industry innovators.

The Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI)Award selection process provides an excellent mechanism for identifying companies that create and capture long-term value through product and service innovation.As a global award, companies around the world are eligible. Self-nominations are encouraged.

The deadline to submit has passed.

>> Award Criteria

The 2018 winners will join 55 organizations granted the OCI Award over the course of its 31-year history. Past winners include Henkel, Lennox, BD (Becton Dickinson), Starbucks, UnitedHealth Group, BMW, Clorox, Corning, Dow Chemical, Marriott and Novozymes.


The Process

Those nominees which pass the initial screen will be asked to complete a questionnaire detailing their new product/service development practices and innovation successes. On site examinations are held with the companies which reach finalist status. The winner(s) will be recognized and be required to share their best practices at the 2018 PDMA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, November 4 – 6, 2018.

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Past OCI Award Recipients

Since its inception the following companies have been recipients of PDMA’s OCI Award and have participated in the PDMA annual conference, providing valuable insights for the organization and its members. Presentations are available for non-member purchase or as a free download for PDMA members.

PDMA is proud to recognize Henkel Adhesives and Lennox International as the 2017 OCI Award recipients.

2017 Henkel Adhesives
         Lennox International
2016 Xerox Services
2015 BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)
2014 Novozymes
         Starbucks
2013 Baker Hughes
        Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores Group
2012 Clorox
        Faurecia
        Skyline Exhibits
2011 Illumina, Inc.
        UnitedHealth Group
2010
Kennametal, Inc.
2009
Royal DSM NV
        PGi - Premiere Global Services
2008
Corning Incorporated
        DuPont
2007
FedEx Corporation
        Mine Safety Appliance (MSA)
2006
Xerox Corporation
        Bank of America Global Consumer & Small
        Business Bank
2005
dj Orthopedics
        Sprint/Nextel
2004
Affymetrix
        Air Force Research Laboratory
2003
Dow Polyolefins
        Harley Davidson
2002
BMW Group AG
        Teknion
2001
Window Fashions Divisions-Hunter Douglas
2000
EXFO Electro-Optical
        Rockwell Collins
1999
Maytag
1998
Cincinnati Machine Tool
1997
Herman Miller
        3 Com (US Robotics)
1996
Eastman Kodak
1995
Fluke Corporation
        Pepsi-Cola Company
        Senco Products, Inc.
1994
Bausch & Lomb, Eyewear Division
        Chrysler Corporation
        Welch Allyn
1993
Apple Computer
        Nabisco Biscuit Company
        Nordic Track
1992
Keithley Corporation
        Marriott Lodging Group
1991
Safety-Kleen Corporation
1990
Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, then a division of Eli Lilly
        Harris Corporation, Broadcast Division
        New Pig Corporation
1989
Hewlett-Packard
1988
Merck & Company