If you want to really come up with something great, make sure you have both women and men on your development team.
That’s the deduction of a survey released last year by the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Examining the stature and significance of patents awarded for information technology inventions over the past 25 years, the center found that mixed-gender teams’ patents received up to 42% more citations than their single-gender counterparts.
Some feel that such a study is “proof of the power of diversity.” However, to make the best of these creative endeavors, corporate encouragement is crucial.
In general, I think studies like this point to the necessity of different points of view for all projects. Though this article focuses on contributions from women as related to patents, I feel that the point stands for any and all creative and/or professional ventures: Diversify your contributors and you’ll communicate a wider-berth of ideas.
“Our data show that diversity of thought matters to innovation,” says NCWIT Chief Executive Lucinda Sanders, who holds six telecom software patents. “We can say involving women is important because women are half the population and have good ideas, but our study shows the impact for companies.”
To read the full article, see Forbes.com