"Integrated diversity" is a term
Jack Welch, the legendary former
GE, to define a
synergistic learning culture.
Integrated diversity only works when the
elements of that diversity, independent businesses, are strong in their own
right. That was why Welch had always emphasized the importance of creating
strong, stand-alone businesses. He described
"integrated diversity" as the
elimination of boundaries between businesses and the transferring of
ideas from one place in the company to another. "Integrated diversity means
the drawing together of our different businesses by sharing ideas,
by finding multiple applications for technological advancements, and by
moving people across businesses to provide fresh perspectives and to develop
broad-based experience. Integrated diversity gives us a company that is
greater than the sum of its parts," wrote Jack Welch in a letter to the
share owners of GE.
Leadership Effectiveness Survey (LES) provides a framework for
evaluation of the corporate leaders that includes, inter alia, the
following parameters: "Fully utilizes
diversity of team members (cultural, race, gender) to achieve business
success" and "Demonstrates global awareness / sensitivity and is comfortable
/ global teams."