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Last edited at 8:30AM on 4/25/2012
When the government first instituted hiring quota requirements for women and minorities, corporations predicted the end of America's dominance as the world's leader in innovation because of the turmoil it would create in the workplace. But what actually happened was a new renaissance of innovation in this country. We are still one of the most, if not the most, innovative countries in the world. Consequently, most corporations now develop and maintain their own diversity programs which are among their top priorities.
The reasoning behind this is as follows. In a homogeneous culture, collaboration is stifled because the brains of all contributors are basically wired the same way and consequently the approaches to a problem follow a similar track. In a culture that is diversified by gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, and other factors, the approach to a problem may come from several different approaches. And there is a synergy that happens in such an environment where the output exceeds the sum of its parts. In other words, and approach from two different tracks can merge to form an entirely new track that would have otherwise gone unknown.