- Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more.
"Scott Page has brought to our attention a practically important proposition: diversity of viewpoints is of the greatest importance in solving the problems that face us individually and collectively. Diversity among a group of problem solvers is more important than individual excellence. Page's exposition remarkably combines lightness and breadth of knowledge with rigor and evidence."--Kenneth J. Arrow, Nobel Prize-winning economist
"Scott Page knows more about diversity than anyone anywhere. In The Difference, he shows why diversity matters, how it leads to better outcomes, and most importantly why achieving the significant benefits of diversity requires thinking well beyond traditional categories such as race, gender, or ethnicity. Knowledge of this book should be a litmus test for educators and diversity trainers--if you haven't read it, you are just talking metaphor. Stop playing defense and start playing offense by buying this book."--Bill Miller, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Legg Mason Capital Management
"Does diversity trump ability when it comes to problem solving? Scott Page shows that the answer is, at least sometimes, yes. You'd do better to add more diversity of perspectives to your problem-solving team than to increase the average ability of individual team members. Diversity in both experience and identity can spark a group's creativity. Page pursues the logic of diversity and shows why and when hiring people who differ can lead to a better bottom line."--Ian Ayres, coauthor of Why Not? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small
"The book is brilliant. Page has a dazzling eclecticism."--Max Bazerman, Harvard Business School--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Written in an engaging style with lots of interesting examples.
The most problematic aspect of the book is the lack of thoroughness and validity of the background research for the book.
The second, far more interesting claim, is that diverse groups can do better than groups comprised of the most "able".
A great insightful look into why a broad spectrum of diverse folks and ideals gives new perspectives on problem solvingPublished 1 month ago by Greg Pratchett
Readers should be aware that an article in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society (October 2014) has pointed out that models on which this work is based are inappropriate... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Math Guy
I don't buy the argument that diversity trumps ability. My experience is almost exactly the opposite. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David S
Early in his career, political scientist and economist Scott Paige was messing around with a mathematical model of different groups trying to solve problems, when he noticed... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kevin Currie-Knight
I found the concepts in this book incredibly enlightening. So much so, that I found the corny jokes and interludes an exceptional distraction. Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. M. Massa
To reinforce your motivation to cultivate diverse colleagues and be adept at recruiting and leading teams of diverse people, be prepared with the bad and good news. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kare Anderson
Required reading for corporate HR leaders. The book explains how to use data to prove that diverse teams improve outcomes and innovationPublished 15 months ago by Working mom
Most equity portfolio managers will at some time come in contact with the question of gender quotas in corporate boards. Read morePublished 22 months ago by investingbythebooks