To Foster Creativity and Success, Remove Intentional and Unintentional Discrimination

35 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2015

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Hershey H. Friedman

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Chaya Leverton

Independent

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Date Written: August 23, 2015

Abstract

This paper examines the benefits of diversity to the organization – such as innovation, growth, and creativity – as well as the challenges to diversity, including both the obvious, well-known forms of discrimination and the more subtle forms. The subtle forms of discrimination include not hiring people who are unattractive, overweight, short, have speech impediments, have strange names, and/or wear different kinds of clothing. The authors conclude that it is crucial to strive for a diverse workforce and work on eliminating both intentional and unintentional bias. Any country or organization that wants to prosper in today’s Knowledge/Creative Economy must train its people to welcome those who are different. In addition, it is important to level the playing field at birth so that rich and poor have the same opportunities.

Keywords: Diversity, discrimination, racism, gender pay gap, ageism, subtle discrimination, discrimination against the unattractive, discrimination against the overweight, linguicism, speech impediments, class gap in test scores

JEL Classification: K4, M1, M14, M3, M5, N4

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Leverton, Chaya and Friedman, Linda Weiser, To Foster Creativity and Success, Remove Intentional and Unintentional Discrimination (August 23, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2649712 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2649712

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