Iris Bohnet avec What Works: Gender Equality by Design
Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and de-biasing people s minds has proven to be difficult and expensive. Diversity training programs have had limited success, and individual effort alone often invites backlash. Behavioral design offers a new solution. By de-biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts. Presenting research-based solutions, Iris Bohnet hands us the tools we need to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions."What Works" is built on new insights into the human mind. It draws on data collected by companies, universities, and governments in Australia, India, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, and other countries, often in randomized controlled trials. It points out dozens of evidence-based interventions that could be adopted right now and demonstrates how research is addressing gender bias, improving lives and performance. "What Works" shows what more can be done often at shockingly low cost and surprisingly high speed."
"What Works by Professor Iris Bohnet of Harvard University offers practical suggestions for reducing bias in hiring, pointing out, for example, that blind auditions increased the number of female musicians in orchestras".
Helen Lewis, Financial Times
"My must-read new book this summer is Iris Bohnet's What Works: Gender Equality by Design (Harvard University Press), which came to my attention through a review in Times Higher Education. Working in mathematics, I want to understand how we can tackle the leaky pipeline whereby at every stage promising female mathematicians are lost to the subject. Aside from the obvious human interest, I hope to gain insights into how mathematical talent can be fostered."
Chon as a summer read by Tony Mann, Director, Greenwich Maths Centre, University of Greenwich.
Times Higher Education
"A Financial Times book to look out for in 2016
A New Scientistbook to look our for in 2016
"Professor Bohnet has written a pathbreaking book documenting how unconscious biases and stereotypes are pervasive barriers to gender equality. The book combines brilliant insights from behavioral research with practical recommendations about how to design policies and organizations to counter these biases and accelerate progress toward gender parity. The moral case for gender parity is indisputable; the business case is compelling. Now Professor Bohnet has written a how-to manual, based on rigorous research, about how to achieve this goal." --Laura D. Tyson, Professor of Business Administration and Economics, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
"Right up to board level, companies should find in What Works not only food for thought, but a guide for effective practical action as well."- Financial Times
"While there are some depressing insights in What Works, there are plenty of uplifting ones too [...] This book is easy to follow with helpful summaries and an inspiring finish [...] this is a must-have guide for anyone in charge of a diversity budget. Management Today
"Aims to provide concrete solutions as well as criticism [...] the book provides a useful introduction to all the available evidence showing there is a business, as well as moral, case for diversity. What Works speaks to CEOs in a language they will understand, taking the emotion out of the argument and making a pragmatic case for reshaping workplace norms to make women feel less alienated [...] and designing interviews and assessments to reduce unconscious bias." --New Statesman
"How fitting that interesting new answers on what to do about gender equality should come from a woman business professor at Harvard University." New Scientist
"To blindly assume that sexism is a thing of the past is to fly in the face of the wealth of modern-day experimental evidence presented in this fascinating book... [with] well-researched examples, Bohnet spotlights the unconscious bias that exists in each of us... we must acknowledge the need to act... In this sense, Bohnet's book is a call to action and it is one that organisations cannot afford to ignore." Times Higher Education
"Her suggestions are [...] thoroughly evidence-based and intensely practical. This book will provide employers with ways to think about what changes they can and should be making to address unintentional discrimination in the workplace, and how such changes would benefit everyone." - Prospect
"This in-depth exploration of gender bias offers practical examples of what you can do to ensure your business hires and retains the best talent regardless." - --HR Magazine
Iris Bohnet is a behavioral economist, Professor and Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.