Difference by Scott E. Page
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By Scott E. Page

The Difference

How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies Revised edition

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Difference by Scott E. Page

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In this landmark book, Scott 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. The Difference reveals that progress and innovation may depend less on lone thinkers with enormous IQs than on diverse people working together and capitalizing on their individuality. Page shows how groups that display a range of perspectives outperform groups of like-minded experts. Diversity yields superior outcomes, and Page proves it using his own cutting-edge research. Moving beyond the politics that cloud standard debates about diversity, he explains why difference beats out homogeneity, whether you're talking about citizens in a democracy or scientists in the laboratory. He examines practical ways to apply diversity's logic to a host of problems, and along the way offers fascinating and surprising examples, from the redesign of the Chicago "El" to the truth about where we store our ketchup. Page changes the way we understand diversity--how to harness its untapped potential, how to understand and avoid its traps, and how we can leverage our differences for the benefit of all.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691138541
ISBN-10: 0691138540
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Pages: 456
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 11-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Diversity and Complexity by Scott E. Page Diversity and Complexity, Paperback (November 2010)

Diversity plays a different role in a complex system than it does in an equilibrium system, where it often produces variation around the mean for performance measures. Offering an introduction to the role of diversity in complex adaptive systems, this title shows how diversity happens, how it is maintained, and how it affects complex systems.

Complex Adaptive Systems by Scott E. Page Complex Adaptive Systems, Paperback (March 2007)

Provides an account of complex adaptive social systems, by two of the field's leading authorities. This work focuses on the key tools and ideas that have emerged in the field since the mid-1990s, as well as the techniques needed to investigate such systems. It also demonstrates how the usual extremes used in modeling can be fruitfully transcended.

Computational Models in Political Economy by Scott E. Page Computational Models in Political Economy, Hardback (July 2003)

The use of innovative computational models in political economic research as a complement to traditional analytical methodologies.

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Author Biography - Scott E. Page

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".

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