Title: Gendered social innovation - a theoretical lens for analysing structural transformation in organisations and society

Authors: Malin Lindberg; Lena Forsberg; Helena Karlberg

Addresses: Luleå University of Technology, 97187 Luleå, Sweden ' Luleå University of Technology, 97187 Luleå, Sweden ' Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID), Sveavägen 34, 11134 Stockholm, Sweden

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.

Keywords: doing gender; gendered innovation; gendered social innovation; gendered structures; inclusive innovation; innovation policy; social innovation; undoing gender; structural transformation; organisational transformation; societal transformation; gender inequality; unmet needs; underrepresented groups; disadvantaged groups.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSEI.2015.073540

International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2015 Vol.3 No.6, pp.472 - 483

Available online: 11 Dec 2015 *

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