Why Diversity Matters

We can learn and innovate more effectively — and understand the value of diversity — by making small changes in ourselves, says Katherine Phillips, Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Senior Vice Dean, Columbia Business School.

Phillips’ research, which has been featured in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Organization Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, addresses the value of diversity and identifies the barriers that prevent society, organizations, and work groups from capturing the knowledge, perspectives, and backgrounds of every member.