Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013 Edition
| Editors: Elias G. Carayannis

Gender and Innovation

  • Malin LindbergEmail author
  • Helene Schiffbaenker
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_454


 Creativity;  Men;  Norms;  Women


This entry describes, defines, synthesizes, and reviews the topic of gender and innovation, which is an emerging field of research evoked by the need for more inclusive innovation policies, innovation networks, and innovation processes.

Over the last two decades, innovation has become an increasingly common subject of political action and scientific studies in Europe and worldwide. This interest emanates from the widespread understanding that development and dissemination of innovations transforms the economy to become more dynamic and knowledge-based. This vision permeates OECDs innovation strategy as well as the new European Union strategy Europe 2020 and its flagship initiative Innovation Union. Simultaneously, the need for more inclusive and creative policies, processes, and networks of innovation has been articulated by gender scientists and gender equality officials (Schiebinger 2008; Fürst Hörte 2009; Danilda and Granat...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social SciencesLuleå University of TechnologyLuleåSweden
  2. 2.JOANNEUM RESEARCHViennaAustria