The media is saturated with stories about the problem of diversity in Silicon Valley.
“According to data obtained from the Labor Department and reported by Mother Jones, the top Silicon Valley tech firms lag well behind the general population in diversity. And the problem is most pronounced in the very belly of the beast: the technical jobs. The Valley’s tech workers are overwhelmingly men (83%) who are white or Asian (94%),” writes Stony Brook Professor of Technology and Society Todd L. Pittinsky in his Harvard Business Review article, We’re Making the Wrong Case for Diversity in Silicon Valley.
Pittinsky states that we need a more accurate business case for diversity and that we should rely on science to tell us more about which diversity conditions are productive and which are counterproductive.
Professor Pittinsky is the author of Us Plus Them: Tapping the Positive Power of Difference and editor of Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference.