Diversity that matters
The author addresses the following question: "Exactly how can diversity be managed to make it an asset to a team project?" In response, the author urges project managers to consider the problem-solving styles of each project team candidate. The author's solution is based on his interview with Dr. Michael Kirton, a expert in human problem-solving styles and the creator of the Theory of Adaption-Innovation. From this interview, the author concludes that project success may significantly depend on the project manager's ability to assemble project teams comprised of individuals who possess the appropriate problem-solving styles demanded by the type of problem the project resolves.