Iris Bohnet is a behavioral economist and the academic dean of Harvard's Kennedy School. She combines insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society. Her most recent research examines how behavioral design can be used to de-bias how we live, learn and work. She is co-director of the Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program, and the faculty chair of the "Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century" for the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders.
A game changer. In this brilliant and practical book, Bohnet
explains how behavioral insights can collapse gender inequality in
our lifetime. It's terrific.--Linda Babcock, James M. Walton
Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University and coauthor
of Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide
In a field overflowing with opinions and 'gut feelings, ' What Works is a shining ray of truth and insight. Bohnet lays out the science behind what really drives--and prevents--gender inequality, and translates it into clear, easy-to-implement steps for achieving equality. A much needed book with precise, effective prescriptions for any environment.--Laszlo Bock, SVP of People Operations at Google and author of Work Rules!
What Works is a call to action. It demonstrates with real-life examples, such as the introduction of blind auditions into the world of symphony orchestras, how the seemingly intractable problem of gender inequality can be not only addressed but solved. This book is a gift.--Deborah Borda, President and CEO, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Association
Iris Bohnet's groundbreaking work will revolutionize the way governments and corporations approach gender equality in the workplace. Extraordinary.--Mirjam Staub-Bisang, CEO, Independent Capital Group, and author of Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors
What Works delivers! I have long been inspired by Iris Bohnet's impressive research on gender bias. In this book, she has distilled years of work into practical approaches that any organization--business, education or government--can adapt to start changing the environments in which we all live, learn, and work. This is a must-read for everyone who actually wants to do something to address the stubborn and costly issue of gender inequality.--Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Ernst & Young Global Limited
If you want to solve gender inequality, read What Works. Then follow the compelling, insightful suggestions Iris Bohnet provides. This is a book you will return to again and again, for this is a book that changes everything.--Urs Rohner, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Credit Suisse
What Works is a brilliant breakthrough guide to closing the gender gap. Iris Bohnet connects research-based insights from many nations that are tackling this vital issue to show how biased minds can be nudged to make unbiased choices, and how small changes can have big impact. Her book provides essential leadership lessons for designing a more equitable and more productive world.--Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and best-selling author of Men and Women of the Corporation, Confidence, and MOVE
What Works is one of those rare books that will cause me to act differently. Confronting me with common situations and arming me with practical recommendations, Iris Bohnet challenged my ingrained beliefs and behavior. Brava!--Severin Schwan, CEO, Roche Group
Right up to board level, companies should find in What Works not only food for thought [about gender bias], but a guide for effective practical action as well.--Sarah Gordon "Financial Times "
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.--Helen Lewis "New Statesman "
What Works is a fascinating and absorbing book, presenting dozens of research projects, case studies, and theories that address a wide range of gender equality problems...It offers thought-provoking (and empirically-researched) challenges to many of the mainstream notions and ideas that turn out to be rooted in bias, stereotypes, and other 'mind bugs that affect our judgment.'--Hans Rollmann "PopMatters "
What Works serves both as a clear indication of where we currently stand and a guide as to how, institution by institution, we can nudge ourselves towards greater gender equality.--Nic Logan-Murray "LSE Review of Books "
What Works is an out-of-the-box read. Full of facts, data and real-life evidence, it is a must read for those who want doable actions to ensure gender equality.--Yoshika Sangal "Governance Now "
If you really want equality, here is a guide to action. No more excuses; we know how to design. Bohnet is brilliant and practical, and she documents what works. Everyone who read Thinking, Fast and Slow and Nudge and cares about equality will want to consume this masterpiece.--Max Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School
Bohnet is the world's leading expert at the intersection of behavioral science and gender equality. Her work moves effortlessly between laboratory studies and real world examples, and spells out the practical implications. Achieve equity; enhance profit; and beat your rivals--and be gripped along the way.--David Halpern, author of Inside the Nudge Unit: How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference
A practical guide for any employer seeking to offset the
unconscious bias holding back
women in organizations, from orchestras to internet companies.