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Deconstructing Management Maxims, Volume I by Kevin Wayne

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CHAPTER 4

Diversity Improves Performance

Diversity is less a function of the isolation of groups than of the relationships which unite them.

—Claude Levi-Strauss, Structural Anthropology, Vol 2

The key word among advocates of multiculturalism became “diversity.” Sweeping claims for the benefits of demographic and cultural diversity in innumerable institutions and circumstances have prevailed without a speck of evidence being asked for or given. It is one of the purest examples of arguments without arguments, and of the force of sheer repetition, insistence and intimidation.

—Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Race

A cultural third rail, diversity is seldom discussed in rational, evidence-based tones. The virtues of la différence can be real or ...

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