Boost Brainpower in the Workplace

October 1, 2014 9:02 PM

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Boost Brainpower in the Workplace

When diversity is news, it's often mixed. College admission rates for minorities are low. Female executives are too rare. Police departments often don't reflect the communities they serve. But there's reason to be optimistic that a culture of inclusion is beginning to take hold in some workplaces. In high-tech industries and others that put a premium on teamwork for creative problem solving, the evidence is clear: diversity is a valuable competitive asset.

The benefits have been showing up in large-scale studies of management in commercial businesses. Companies in Standard & Poor's Composite 1500 list with women in top management, for instance, are worth $42 million more, on average, than those with only men in those positions, and these firms also sc...

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