Innovation & Diversity


Innovation and diversity

Diversity is an important concern for all institutions of higher education, not only because it marks institutional progress toward parity, but because it impacts efficiency and innovation. Research on mechanisms that underlie the synergistic relationship between diversity and innovation indicates that although diversity places new and increased demands on intergroup communication, the benefits are so significant that “organizations, firms, and universities … should seek out people with diverse experiences, training, and identities.”


  • Davidson, C.N. and D.T. Goldberg, The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age. 2010, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Davidson, C.N., Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way Live, Work, and Learn. 2011, New York: Viking.
  • Page, S.E., The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Society. 2007, Princeton: Princeton University Press.