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3M

MAPLEWOOD, MN

The manufacturing conglomerate famous for Post-it Notes and Scotch tape earns about 3,000 patents every year and encourages its 91,000 employees to devote 15% of working time to projects outside the normal scope of their jobs.

AMD

SANTA CLARA, CA

AMD, a semiconductor company, uses “leapfrog teams”—discrete

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