How the Power of Diversity Creates Better
Groups, Firms, Schools & Societies
By Scott Page
HF5549.5 .M5 P34 2007
New Book Island, 2nd floor
One of the main buzzwords in society for the past decades: diversity. Having a variety of people from different backgrounds, whether it be tied to race, gender, sexual orientation or other characteristics, has been the goal for everyone – businesses, governments, universities, all organizations. The issue has pretty much gone undisputed (or argued to no avail) and accepted. This week’s featured book delves into the question of why and does it really matter? The short answer: yes.
Page, professor at the University of Michigan and the Sante Fe Institute, tackles the issue of the individual versus the group. He explores how the collective working together will overpower the individual with a superior intellect (and not by use of force). Drawing on his groundbreaking research, the author explains diversity differently and demonstrates just how it generates benefits.