The representation of women and minorities on corporate boards improved only slightly from 2004 to 2010, although a study of people with board involvement found greater diversity is thought to broaden discussions and the viewpoints expressed. The respondents, however, gave few examples of specific, measurable benefits resulting from greater diversity. Ideas for improving diversity include looking specifically for women and minorities who have the necessary skills and placing value on different perspectives, although it "remains to be seen" whether such steps will be taken to reduce group think, the researchers write.

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