ISBN-10:
0691138540
ISBN-13:
9780691138541
Pub. Date:
08/31/2008
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies - New Edition

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

by Scott Page
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ISBN-13: 9780691138541
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2008
Edition description: New edition with a New preface by the author
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 200,572
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Scott E. Page is professor of complex systems, political science, and economics at the University of Michigan and an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the coauthor, with John Miller, of Complex Adaptive Systems.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition

Prufrock Avoided xiii

Acknowledgments

The Continuous Life xix

Prologue

How Diversity Trumps Ability

Fun at Caltech xxv

Introduction

Unpacking Our Differences 1





PART ONE: UNPACKING THE TOOLBOX





CHAPTER 1: Diverse Perspectives How We See Things 23

CHAPTER 2: Heuristics Do the Opposite 52

CHAPTER 3: Interpretations Our Own Private Flatland 73

CHAPTER 4: Predictive Models Judging Books by Their Covers 90

CHAPTER 5: Measuring Sticks and Toolboxes Calipers for the Brain 103





PART TWO: DIVERSITY'S BENEFITS: BUILDING FROM TOOLS





CHAPTER 6: Diversity and Problem Solving Darwin's Brass Tacks 131

CHAPTER 7: Models of Information Aggregation Mindless Signals 175

CHAPTER 8: Diversity and Prediction The Crowd of Models 197





PART THREE: DIVERSE VALUES: A CONFLICT OF INTERESTS (OR IS IT)?





CHAPTER 9: Diverse Preferences Why Tapas 239

CHAPTER 10: Preference Aggregation Four (Not So) Depressing Results 255

CHAPTER 11: Interacting Toolboxes and Preferences Go Ask Alice 285





PART FOUR: THE PUDDING: DOES DIVERSITY GENERATE BENEFITS?





CHAPTER 12: The Causes of Cognitive Diversity Family Vacations, College, or Identity? 299

CHAPTER 13: The Empirical Evidence The Pudding 313





PART FIVE: GOING ON THE OFFENSIVE





CHAPTER 14: A Fertile Logic Putting Ideas to Work 339

Epilogue: The Ketchup Questions 371

Notes 377

Index 411


What People are Saying About This

Arrow

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

Bill Miller

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

Max Bazerman

The book is brilliant. Page has a dazzling eclecticism.
Max Bazerman, Harvard Business School

Ian Ayres

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"

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