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Research Handbook on Gender and Innovation

Research Handbook on Gender and Innovation

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Gry A. Alsos, Ulla Hytti and Elisabet Ljunggren

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.

Chapter 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

Subjects: business and management, diversity and management, gender and management, organisational innovation, organisation studies, innovation and technology, knowledge management, organisational innovation


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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