Gendered social innovation - a theoretical lens for analysing structural transformation in organisations and society
by Malin Lindberg; Lena Forsberg; Helena Karlberg
International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJSEI), Vol. 3, No. 6, 2015

Abstract: In the light of the narrow focus in Western innovation policies and theories - mainly prioritising men-dominated and symbolically masculine spheres - the need for increased inclusiveness in innovation regarding social aspects such as gender has been stressed. In order to expand the existing body of knowledge on innovation and to inform the design of more inclusive innovation policies, this article elaborates 'gendered social innovation' as a theoretical lens for scientific analysis of innovative transformation of gendered structures in organisations and society. This is attained by a conceptual study, merging key elements from three sub-fields of innovation studies: inclusive innovation, social innovation and gendered innovation. The proposed elaboration of gendered social innovation encompasses the identification of unsolved societal challenges of gender inequality and unmet needs among women or men as underrepresented or disadvantaged groups in various areas, motivating the development of new solutions by inclusive innovation processes.

Online publication date:: Fri, 11-Dec-2015

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