Corporate Strategic Intelligence: Dow Chemical

July 01, 2016 | State of the Market Report

Dow Chemical is a long-term success story in the chemical industry. Its recent announcement of a merger with DuPont will only enhance its offerings while creating little disruption to its core operations. Dow’s success relies on a relatively narrow range of basic chemicals and materials. It works at scale and with a high degree of expertise, allowing it to offer both high quality and relatively low prices. As an innovator, however, Dow often ranks below its major rivals: relatively high patent activity, reflective perhaps of a corporate culture that values formal if incremental IP, is not matched by either internal innovation as measured by R&D spending or outside innovation in the form of investments, partnerships, and M&A activity. This lack of investment locks Dow into a strategy that requires the company to excel in operational efficiency and take whatever advantages it can in performance in traditional materials.

Coverage Area

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Executive Summary
  • Contents
  • Landscape: Introduction and Financial Performance
  • Analysis: Innovation Benchmarks and Future Performance
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst

Brent Giles, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst


Mia Lu
Matthew Wagner, Ph.D.