Candida G. Brush, Babson College
Kimberly Eddleston, Northeastern University
Linda F. 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 an important engine of economic development and a driver of social progress. Yet, because most research focuses on where innovation takes place as opposed to who participates in it, the innovation literature pays little attention to gender issues (Alsos, Hytti, & Ljunggren, 2016). Furthermore, studies on innovation often center on industries such as high-tech that are male-dominated and embody a masculine perspective (Marlow & McAdam, 2013; McAdam, 2013; Foss & Henry, 2016). Consequently, we have limited understanding of how a feminine perspective may contribute to innovation research.
A well-developed literature examines women's entrepreneurship (Jennings & Brush, 2013), but this work does not put innovation by women entrepreneurs at the core of its inquiry. For instance, there is a paucity of research examining how innovation inspires women to start businesses, how women entrepreneurs respond to new innovations by competitors, and how they spawn and scale innovations in the marketplace (Brush, Edelman, Manolova, & Welter, 2019; Ladge, Eddleston & Sugiyama, 2019). In sum, gender analyses of innovation, explored through multiple theoretical lenses and using a variety of empirical methods, are missing in the entrepreneurship field. These omissions in the extant literature are surprising given an emerging stream of research that documents the divergent paths men and women take toward the commercialization of technology (Ding & Choi, 2011). For example, existing literature emphasizes the unique perspectives that women on R&D teams, top management teams, and boards of directors contribute to their firms' innovation performance (Diaz-Garcia, Gonzalez-Moreno, & Saez-Martinez, 2013; Kim & Starks, 2016; Ruiz-Jiménez, del Mar Fuentes-Fuentes, & Ruiz-Arroyo, 2016; Torchia, Calabro, & Huse, 2011).
This special issue therefore intends to focus attention on the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and gender. We aim to stimulate scholarly conversations on how women entrepreneurs enact innovation through new products, processes, business models, and organizational practices.
Possible research questions include (but are not limited to) the following ones:
Deadline, Submission, and Review Process
Submissions to this special issue should be prepared in accordance with SEJ's submission process described at https://www.strategicmanagement.net/sej/overview/submission
Submissions can be made via the SEJ online submission site from October 15, 2020 to 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Eddleston, email@example.com
Linda Edelman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tatiana S. Manolova, email@example.com
Maura McAdam, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, email@example.com
For questions about submitting to the special issue, please contact Stephen Mullaly, SEJ Managing Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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