The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies

Scott E. Page 2007 Princeton University

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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 )

The Difference is brimming with so many intriguing insights and findings that I cannot do justice to them all. (Philip E. Tetlock Science )

In The Difference, Page reveals how groups that display a range of perspectives outperform groups of like-minded experts. Diversity yields superior outcomes, and he proves it using his own cutting-edge research. Moving beyond the politics that often clouds standard debates about diversity, Page explains why difference beats out homogeneity. And he examines practical ways to apply diversity's logic to a host of problems. (Here is the City )

This is a fascinating and important book…. The Difference is a thought-provoking and stimulating read. (Diane Coyle Business Economist )

[Page] redefines the way we understand ourselves in relation to one another. The Difference is about how we think in groups…and how our collective wisdom exceeds the sum of its parts. Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? And why are the best group decisions and predictions those that draw upon the very qualities that make each of us unique? The answers lie in diversity…not what we look like outside, but what we look like within, our distinct tools and abilities. (Education Digest )

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 )

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