Emergence & Diversity

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Quartz has an interesting article about how John H Holland's Emergence in computer science theory could be applied to understanding and managing diversity in the workplace. Emergence investigates how the whole can be different from the sum of its parts, or how an entity can have behaviours that its parts do not have on their own. The author Andrea Jones-Rosey posits that this can be used to explain why a company that does it's best to foster diversity may not be recognising the issues that are causing homogeneity to emerge.