‘The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies’ af Scott E. Page. 2007, 448 sider.
Scott E. Page’s book The Difference provides a theoretical framework and empirical evidence to illustrate the benefits of diversity in groups — as well as the limitations and implications.
The book provides an informed, but down-to-earth approach to answering the questions of when and why diversity is beneficial, particularly in efforts requiring problem solving and prediction.
Using a variety of interesting and straightforward examples, Scott E. Page defends his bold claims that not only does diversity trump homogeneity, but it also trumps ability. Due to the unceasing growth in global interactions within the business world combined with increasing work practices requiring team efforts, he notes that one must take an offensive approach toward diversity as it, not high IQs and Ivy League diplomas, is the key to breakthrough and innovation.
Therefore, in a labour market built upon innovative thinking, he expresses the necessity to see problems and situations from a variety of angles and one of the easiest ways to do so is to diversify the team.
Text and research: by Donnely Tuck
Quotes from press releases and reviews
“Page changes the way we understand diversity – how to harness its untapped potential, how to understand and avoid its traps, and how we can leverage our differences for the benefit of all.”
Princeton University Press
“Rather than ponder moral questions like, ‘Why can't we all get along?' Dr. Page asks practical ones like, ‘How can we all be more productive together?' The answer, he suggests, is in messy, creative organizations and environments with individuals from vastly different backgrounds and life experiences.”
Claudia Dreifus, New York Times
“Page has written a book that offers a pragmatic defense of diversity practices, where having a diverse set of points of view in a group equates to better decision making. The book […] illustrates the benefits of a different way of thinking about problem solving, providing people with conceptual tools to understand what lies behind some of the more popular treatments of topics and to reshape the public debate about the benefits and disadvantages of diversity.”
Henry Farrell, Quality World