Getting Serious About Diversity Wins HBS McKinsey Award

Getting Serious About Diversity: Enough Already with the Business Case won the 2020 HBR McKinsey Award, honoring the best Harvard Business Review article of the year.

Written by Harvard Business School professor Robin Ely and Morehouse College President David A. Thomas, the article outlines the economic case for diversity. They argue that there is no research supporting the notion that diversifying the workforce automatically improves a company’s performance. The authors suggest that organizations must adopt a learning orientation and willingness to change the corporate culture and power structure in order to fully benefit from increased racial and gender diversity.

The 2020 article revisits the subject of Ely and Thomas’s 1996 HBR article Making Difference Matter: A New Paradigm for Diversity, which showed that companies could reap the full benefits of a diverse workforce by tapping into identity-related knowledge and experiences.”

Adi Ignatius, Editor in Chief of Harvard Business Review, says Getting Serious About Diversity builds on Robin Ely and David Thomas’s pioneering arguments about workplace diversity and presents actions leaders must take to make real progress. At a time when many companies are addressing diversity with new urgency, this article is an essential read.”

For the complete Getting Serious About Diversity: Enough Already with the Business Case article, visit the HBR Web site.

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