Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Gry A. Alsos, Ulla Hytti and Elisabet Ljunggren
Chapter 12: Innovating is not of the spirit world – depicting a female inventor’s unique path with materiality-friendly gender concepts
By revisiting specific conceptual tools, the chapter offers a novel understanding of the innovation and invention processes that take place in gendered organizations. Through a rich and detailed empirical case study the authors analyse two established theoretical concepts in gender studies, ‘tokenism’ and ‘intersectionality’, and add important new theoretical dimensions to them. The chapter argues for contextualized knowledge when inventing and innovations are being studied. Through an empirical case narrative the authors show how invention and innovation processes intersect with a gendered and tokenist career path.
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