Call for Papers for a Special Issue
"Catalyzing Change and Innovation in Women's Entrepreneurship"
Candida Brush, Babson College
Kimberly Eddleston, Northeastern University
Linda Edelman, Bentley University
Tatiana S. Manolova, Bentley University
Maura McAdam, Dublin City University
Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, SoM PoliMI
Background and Special Issue Purpose:
Innovation is regarded as the engine of economic development; despite this gender issues are seldom discussed in the innovation literature, largely because research tends to focus on where innovation takes place as opposed to who participates in it (Alsos, Hytti and Ljunggren, 2016). Furthermore, innovation research is often predisposed toward particular industries, such as high-tech, which are populated primarily by men and dominated by a masculine perspective (Marlow and McAdam, 2013; McAdam, 2013; Foss and Henry, 2016).
At the same time, women entrepreneurs are increasingly contributing to economic growth, jobs, and innovations, but less than 10-15% of all entrepreneurship research focuses on how gender shapes entrepreneurship, innovation, and change (Jennings and Brush, 2013). In particular, there is a paucity of research examining the types of organizations women entrepreneurs create and build, the extent to which their businesses are founded on innovative ideas, and how they spawn and scale innovations in the marketplace, environment or industry (Brush, Edelman, Manolova and Welter, 2019; Ladge, Eddleston & Sugiyama, 2019). Such an omission from the extant literature is surprising given an emerging stream of research that emphasizes the unique perspectives that women on R&D teams, top management teams, and boards of directors contribute to their firm's innovation performance (Diaz-Garcia, Gonzalez-Moreno and Saez-Martinez, 2013; Kim and Starks, 2016; Ruiz-Jiménez, del Mar Fuentes-Fuentes and Ruiz-Arroyo, 2016; Torchia, Calabro and Huse, 2011). In addition, we still lack an understanding of the extent to which theories of innovation and organizational change, as well as practices and policies, fully apply to women's entrepreneurship.
Consequently, gender analyses of innovation explored through multiple theoretical lenses and using a variety of empirical methods are missing. This gap is particularly evident if we examine the literature on women's entrepreneurship, which despite being well developed (Jennings and Brush, 2013), does not put innovation by women entrepreneurs at the core of its inquiry. This special issue will offer the opportunity to stimulate scholarly conversations on how female entrepreneurs enact innovation through new products, processes, business models, and organizational practices. It is hoped that this special issue will accelerate understanding of the contributions of gender and women's entrepreneurship to theory and practice in entrepreneurial processes, innovation and organizational change, and in so doing capture the experiences, challenges and opportunities of women entrepreneurs.
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Deadline, Submission and Review Process
Submissions to this special issue should be prepared in accordance with SEJ's submission process described athttp://sej.strategicmanagement.net/
Submissions can be made via the SEJ website between April 15, 2020 and November 15, 2020. Please indicate that your submission is for the special issue on Catalyzing Change and Innovation in Women's Entrepreneurship.
For questions regarding the content of the special issue, please contact the guest editors:
Candida Brush, email@example.com
Kimberly Eddleston, firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Edelman, email@example.com
Tatiana S. Manolova, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maura McAdam, email@example.com
Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about submitting to the special issue, please contact Liz Moran, SEJ Managing Editor, atSEJ@strategicmanagement.net
Alsos, G.A., Hytti, U. and Ljunggren, E., 2016. Gender and innovation–an introduction. In Research handbook on gender and innovation. Edward Elgar Publishing
Brush, C., Edelman, L.F., Manolova, T., & Welter, F. 2019. A gendered look at entrepreneurship ecosystems. Small Business Economics. 53(2), pp. 393-408
Díaz-García, C., González-Moreno, A. and Jose Sáez-Martínez, F., 2013. Gender diversity within R&D teams: Its impact on radicalness of innovation. Innovation, 15(2), pp.149-160.
Henry, C., Foss, L. and Ahl, H., 2016. Gender and entrepreneurship research: A review of methodological approaches. International Small Business Journal, 34(3), pp.217-241.
Jennings, J.E. and Brush, C.G., 2013. Research on women entrepreneurs: challenges to (and from) the broader entrepreneurship literature? The Academy of Management Annals, 7(1), pp.663-715.
Kim, D. and Starks, L.T., 2016. Gender diversity on corporate boards: Do women contribute unique skills? American Economic Review, 106(5), pp.267-71.
Ladge, J., Eddleston, K.A. & Sugiyama, K. 2019. Am I an entrepreneur? How imposter fears hinder women entrepreneurs' business growth. Business Horizons, 62(5), pp.615-624.
Marlow, S. and McAdam, M., 2013. Gender and entrepreneurship: Advancing debate and challenging myths; exploring the mystery of the under-performing female entrepreneur. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 19(1), pp.114-124
McAdam, M., 2013. Female entrepreneurship. Routledge.
Ruiz-Jiménez, J.M., del Mar Fuentes-Fuentes, M. and Ruiz-Arroyo, M., 2016. Knowledge combination capability and innovation: The effects of gender diversity on top management teams in technology-based firms. Journal of Business Ethics, 135(3), pp.503-515
Torchia, M., Calabrò, A. and Huse, M., 2011. Women directors on corporate boards: From tokenism to critical mass. Journal of business ethics, 102(2), pp.299-317
Prof. Candida G. Brush
Franklin W. Olin Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship
Babson College- Entrepreneurship Division
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