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Research Handbook on Gender and Innovation

Edited by Gry Agnete Alsos, Professor, Nord University Business School, Norway, Ulla Hytti, Research Director, University of Turku, Finland and Elisabet Ljunggren, Research Professor, Nordland Research Institute, Norway
Innovation is seen as one of the main engines of economic growth creating prosperous nations and enabling technological development within industries and sectors This Handbook contributes to the field of innovation by providing a wide range of studies from different analytical and methodological perspectives and from various regional and industry contexts in order to pave the way forward. The multidisciplinary contributors discuss topics such as gender and innovation in new and small businesses, and growth businesses; addressing innovation in different organizational contexts ranging from public sector health care to mining and forestry; researching gender in innovation policy.
Extent: 296 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78347 811 8
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  • Business and Management
  • Diversity and Management
  • Gender and Management
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Organisation Studies
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Knowledge Management
  • Organisational Innovation
Innovation is seen as one of the main engines of economic growth. It is generally assumed to be gender neutral when, in fact, the gendered construction of innovation has been traditionally masculine. This Handbook explores the nexus between innovation and gender by providing a wide range of studies from different analytical and methodological perspectives and from various regional and industry contexts and draws implications for a gender-inclusive innovation policy.

The multidisciplinary group of contributors discuss topics such as gender and innovation in new and small businesses, and growth businesses; addressing innovation in different organizational contexts ranging from public sector health care to mining and forestry; researching gender in innovation policy and in design and materiality.

This Handbook will be useful to researchers looking to understand parallels between research on gender and innovation on one hand, and research on gender and entrepreneurship or management on the other. It will also be invaluable to students looking for an overview of research in both areas.
‘Gender and innovation are seldom discussed together because innovation is considered a neutral construct. This book examines aspects of gender in innovation across multiple contexts, entrepreneurial businesses, organizations, policy and design, that for the first time highlights where gender matters in innovation. This book will stimulate important research going forward.’
– Candida Brush, Babson College, US

‘This is a very welcome text which addresses a gap in current research regarding the influence of gender upon women’s entrepreneurship and innovation. The impressive collection of expert authors have addressed a wide range of issues illustrating the diversity of this field, challenging prevailing assumptions regarding masculinity and innovation whilst revealing pathways for a future research agenda. I fully endorse and recommend this book as an important addition to the contemporary innovation literature.’
– Susan Marlow, University of Nottingham, UK

‘The collection of chapters in this book make a unique contribution to our knowledge on gender and innovation. They review and critique extant research and fruitfully question essentialist assumptions of gender and the male gendering of concepts and practices. The chapters provide ample empirical evidence from many countries around the world which clearly demonstrate that neither gender nor innovation can be fully understood without putting it into its institutional context – which varies across places.’
– Helene Ahl, Jönköping University, Sweden



Contributors: R. Aidis, G.A. Alsos, N. Amble, E. Andersson, L. Andersson, P. Axelsen, K.-E. Berglund, T. Bijedic, E. Börjesson, S. Brink, K. Ehrnberger, K. Ettl, E. Fernandes, L. Foss, C. Henry, U. Hytti, S. Ilstedt, A. Isaksson, M. Johansson, A. Kovalainen, S. Kriwoluzky, T. Kvidal-Røvik, R. Leite, M. Lindberg, B. Ljunggren, E. Ljunggren, S. Martins, S. Poutanen, S.R. Sardeshmukh, R.M. Smith, L.K. Snerthammer, M. Tillmar, F. Welter
Contents:

PART I INTRODUCTION
1. Gender and Innovation – An Introduction
Gry Agnete Alsos, Ulla Hytti and Elisabet Ljunggren

2. Doing Gender in Innovation: A Thematic Review and Critique of the Literature
Lene Foss and Colette Henry

PART II GENDER AND INNOVATION IN NEW AND SMALL BUSINESSES
3. Women’s Innovation in Germany – Empirical Facts and Conceptual Explanations
Teita Bijedi?, Siegrun Brink, Kerstin Ettl, Silke Kriwoluzky and Friederike Welter

4. Three Faces of Innovation: Institutions, Gender and Entrepreneurship in Latin America
Ruta Aidis

5. Self-employed Women’s Everyday Innovations in East Africa
Malin Tillmar

6. Gendered Understandings of Innovation in Nursing and Entrepreneurship: An Exploratory Study in the Portuguese Context
Selma Martins, Emilia Fernandes and Regina Leite

PART III GENDER AND INNOVATION IN ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
7. Eyes Wide Shut: Differential Influences of Gender on Innovation in Organisations
Shruti R. Sardesmukh and Ronda R. Smith

8. Innovation in Public Care
Nina Amble, Paula Axelsen and Liv Karen Snerthammer

9. Organisational Innovation for Gender Equality in Forestry and Mining
Malin Lindberg, Eira Andersson, Lisa Andersson and Maria Johansson

PART IV GENDER IN INNOVATION POLICY
10. Governing Gendered Understandings of Innovation: A Discourse Analysis of a National Innovation Policy Programme
Trine Kvidal-Røvik and Birgitte Ljunggren

11. ‘Gendered Social Innovation’: A New Research Stream for Gender-inclusive Innovation Policy, Research and Practice
Malin Lindberg and Knut-Erland Berglund

PART V GENDER IN DESIGN AND MATERIALITY
12. Innovating is not of the Spirit World – Depicting a Female Inventor’s Unique Path with Materiality-friendly Gender Concepts
Seppo Poutanen and Anne Kovalainen

13. Visualising Gender – Norm-critical Design and Innovation
Emma Börjesson, Anna Isaksson, Sara Ilstedt and Karin Ehrnberger

Index