Professor Scott E. Page, Ph.D.

Professor Scott E. Page
  • University of Michigan
  • Northwestern University
Our identities can be a key driver of cognitive diversity on many tasks. Who we are directly influences our experiences and also correlates with the information and training we acquire.

Professor Scott E. Page received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He then received his M.S. in Business and his Ph.D. in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He completed his Ph.D. thesis under the guidance of Stan Reiter and Nobel laureate Roger Myerson. He has been a Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology and The University of Iowa and is currently Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, he is also a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Social Research, a Senior Fellow in the Society of Fellows, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. In addition, Professor Page has been a long-time External Professor for the Santa Fe Institute, an interdisciplinary think tank devoted to the study of complexity. In 2011, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Page has won outstanding teaching assistant awards at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Northwestern University, the Faculty Teaching Award at Caltech, and the Faculty Achievement Award for outstanding research, teaching, and service at the University of Michigan.

Professor Page’s research interests span a wide range of disciplines. He has published more than 60 papers in a variety of fields, including economics, political science, computer science, physics, geography, public health, business, philosophy, and complexity. In addition, he has served on dissertation committees for students in more than 10 departments. In recent years, his core interest has been the various roles of diversity in complex adaptive systems, such as economies and ecosystems.

He is the author of Diversity and Complexity; Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life (with John H. Miller); and The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies. All three books were published by Princeton University Press. His most recent book, The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for You, provides a toolkit for people to be able to leverage data and information to their advantage.

A popular speaker, Professor Page has appeared at the Aspen Ideas Festival and the World Economic Forum and before numerous corporate and nonprofit audiences around the world, including Google, Ford, Genentech, the International Monetary Fund, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. He has also recorded Understanding Complexity with The Great Courses.

Professor Page lives with his wife and two sons in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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18 Courses and Sets

  1. Understanding Complexity

    Understanding Complexity

    Scott E. Page
    4.5 out of 5
    88% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (108)
    Starting at $169.95 Starting at $169.95 $199.95 $169.95$199.95
    Discover and grasp the fundamentals and applications of the amazing field of complexity science with Understanding Complexity. Professor Scott E. Page—one of the field's most highly regarded teachers and researchers—shows you how complexity science helps us understand the nature and behavior of financial markets, corporations, native cultures, governments, and other systems that play important roles in...
  2. The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset

    The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset

    Scott E. Page
    4.2 out of 5
    81% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (16)
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    From technology to business, two (or more) heads often prove to be better than one-but only if those heads are cognitively diverse. Diverse perspectives are a powerful tool for maximizing productivity and enhancing collective performance. Now, in The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset, you can learn the strategies that make you a more diverse thinker and position you to break down...
  3. (Set)  Discrete Mathematics & Understanding Complexity Set

    (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Understanding Complexity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  4. (Set) The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset  & Strategic Thinking Skills  Set

    (Set) The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset & Strategic Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Learn to think strategically and make better decisions in business and in your personal life with this highly practical two-course set. First, in Strategic Thinking Skills, you'll identify how to set goals, develop long-range plans, anticipate the unexpected, analyze your environment, and even cooperate with your competitors. Then in The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset, you'll learn...
  5. (Set)  Uncover the Mystries of the Universe Set

    (Set) Uncover the Mystries of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,849.55 Starting at $2,849.55 $2,849.55 $2,849.55$2,849.55
    It’s not likely you’ll be able to solve all the mysteries of life in one course, even if it is a Great Course. Nine courses, on the other hand, may take you pretty close. Encompassing Physics, the Microscopic World, Matter, Chaos, Cosmology, Complexity, Black Holes, and the Origins of Life, this wide-ranging, comprehensive and inclusive set will deliver answers to some of life’s biggest and most urgent...
  6. (Set) Understanding Complexity & Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond  Set

    (Set) Understanding Complexity & Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Explore two groundbreaking new fields of study with this two-course set that reveals fascinating new insights into your everyday life. In Understanding Complexity, discover the fundamentals and applications of the amazing field of complexity science. Then, in Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond, grasp the profound importance of game theory—the science of interactive, rational decision...
  7. (Set)  The Creative Thinker's Toolkit & The Hidden Factor Set

    (Set) The Creative Thinker's Toolkit & The Hidden Factor

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  8. (Set) The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset  & Art of Critical Decision Making  Set

    (Set) The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset & Art of Critical Decision Making

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Learn to make better decisions and maximize productivity with this practical and eye-opening two-course set. The Art of Critical Decision Making explores how people and groups make effective choices, and provides you with techniques to enhance the effectiveness of your own decision making. And The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset presents the strategies that can make you a more diverse...
  9. (Set) The Science Of The Next 100 Years  Set

    (Set) The Science Of The Next 100 Years

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,929.60 Starting at $1,929.60 $1,929.60 $1,929.60$1,929.60
    Science, more than any other field of human study, is home to lightning-fast changes with the power to instantly revolutionize our understanding of the universe. So what are the scientific ideas that will occupy headlines and news stories for the next 100 years? What effects will they have on the way you think about—and live in—the world around you? The courses featured in this special section are your...
  10. (Set) Art of Critical Decision Making & Understanding Complexity  Set

    (Set) Art of Critical Decision Making & Understanding Complexity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Gain profound insights into two essential aspects of your everyday life—decision making and complex systems—in this accessible two-course set. In The Art of Critical Decision Making, explore how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective choices. Then, in Understanding Complexity, discover the fundamentals and applications of complexity science, which helps us understand the nature and...
  11. (Set) The Power of Mathematics & Understanding Complexity Set

    (Set) The Power of Mathematics & Understanding Complexity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $384.90 $384.90$384.90
  12. (Set)  The Art of Storytelling & The Hidden Factor Set

    (Set) The Art of Storytelling & The Hidden Factor

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Creativity is essential to innovation. With this two-course set, including The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently is Your Greatest Asset and The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals, you will learn how to harness, grow, and develop your creative thought process in order to craft and deliver inventive ideas in new and exciting ways.
  13. (Set)  The Hidden Factor & Your Deceptive Mind Set

    (Set) The Hidden Factor & Your Deceptive Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  14. (Set) Understanding Complexity & Shape of Nature Set

    (Set) Understanding Complexity & Shape of Nature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
  15. (Set) The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset  & Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond  Set

    (Set) The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset & Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Learn to make better decisions and maximize your productivity in business and in your personal life with this practical two-course set. First, in Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond, you'll explore the science of interactive, rational decision making, including the field's classic games, greatest minds, and real-world applications. Then, in The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your...
  16. (Set) Understanding Complexity & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Understanding Complexity & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Untangle the mystery of two fascinating branches of science and mathematics with this two-course set. First, in Understanding Complexity, discover how the study of complex systems helps us better understand the nature and behavior of financial markets, corporations, governments, and more. Then, in Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition, explore the beauty and power of this mathematical...
  17. (Set) Understanding Complexity & Chaos  Set

    (Set) Understanding Complexity & Chaos

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Learn how to make sense of two vast, intriguing, and complex scientific fields with this remarkable two-course set. In Understanding Complexity, discover and grasp the fundamentals and applications of the amazing field of complexity science. In Chaos, travel to the mysterious heart of chaos theory—the study of the behavior of sensitive systems over time that affects nearly every field of human knowledge, from...
  18. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Hidden Factor Set

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Hidden Factor

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Think about the way you think with this illuminating two-course set. Start with a course that investigates that element which helps you win an argument, run a meeting, draft a contract, or raise a child—get An Introduction to Formal Logic. Then, learn the strategies that make you a more creative thinker with The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset.