Friday, April 29, 2005

This truth should be self-evident

but in case it's not, this Northwestern research may help:
The researchers studied data on Broadway musicals since 1877 as well as thousands of journal publications in four fields of science and found that successful teams had a diverse membership -- not of race and gender but of old blood and new. New team members clearly added creative spark and critical links to the experience of the entire industry. Unsuccessful teams were isolated from each other whereas the members of successful teams were interconnected, much like the Kevin Bacon game, across a giant cluster of artists or scientists.
Diversity is so much more than ethnicity, sex, or orientation. Add personality type, background, expertise, and the spark provided by new combinations to the mix, and you greatly increase you chances for better results. (via BoingBoing)

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