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INCREASE DIVERSITY TO BOOST CREATIVITY AND ENHANCE PROBLEM SOLVING
INCREASE DIVERSITY TO BOOST CREATIVITY AND ENHANCE PROBLEM SOLVING

Author(s): Hershey H. Friedman, LINDA WEISER FRIEDMAN, CHAYA LEVERTON
Subject(s): Management and complex organizations
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: discrimination; challenges to diversity; racism; gender pay gap; ageism; subtle discrimination; discrimination against the unattractive; discrimination against the overweight; linguicism; speech imped

Summary/Abstract: In the Knowledge / Creative Economy, the key to success is creativity. An organization that wants to minimize group think and maximize creativity needs true diversity. Moreover, companies that are seen as being more diverse are also perceived as being more ethical than organizations that are not diverse. This paper examines both obvious and subtle challenges to diversity. The obvious forms are based on race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and gender and are generally illegal under federal law. Subtle forms of discrimination include not hiring people who are gay (this may be illegal in many states), unattractive, overweight, short, have speech impediments, have strange names, and/or wear different kinds of clothing. Based on an examination of scholarly and professional literature, the authors conclude that any organization that wants to prosper in today’s economy must train its people to welcome those who are different. Once an organization does everything possible to remove all kinds of discrimination, both obvious and subtle, expect creativity to increase dramatically. When a productive team consists of Chassidim, stutterers, overweight women, short people, and individuals wearing turbans and hijabs, a firm will have truly overcome the challenges of diversity.

  • Issue Year: 4/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 7-33
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: English