Gender, Science and Innovation
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Gender, Science and Innovation

New Perspectives

Edited by Helen Lawton Smith, Colette Henry, Henry Etzkowitz and Alexandra Poulovassilis

Gender, Science and Innovation explores the contemporary challenges facing women scientists in academia and develops effective strategies to improve gender equality. Addressing an important gap in current knowledge, chapters offer a range of international perspectives from diverse contexts, countries and institutional settings. This book is an essential contribution to the literature for academics, researchers and policy makers concerned with improving gender equality in academia and seeking to learn from the experiences of others.
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Chapter 15: The entrepreneurial intention in female university students: an Italian case

Alessandra Micozzi and Francesca Micozzi


This chapter presents one of the first studies on the entrepreneurial orientation of women university students in Italy. For a large sample of students (16,407) from the Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy), the sources of entrepreneurial intent are estimated, distinguishing between the propensity to start a new business for male and female students. The main differences in entrepreneurial attitudes, intentions and behaviour between men and women can be attributed to differences in social orientation and behavioural motivation. The study underlines the fundamental role of the universities in influencing the students’ entrepreneurial propensity; this is in line with considering universities as the source of new knowledge for building a knowledge society.

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