This book explores the gender dimension in technology commercialization through a collection of papers by internationally renowned scholars in the USA, Mexico and Europe. Technology, Commercialization and Gender looks at various gender imbalances in this key innovation area and demonstrates that the construction of gendered identities within male-dominated work environments such as technology commercialization is a complex and lengthy process, often faced with institutional culture obstacles. More gender awareness and openness along all stages of the innovation chain, as well as more research and policy interventions are needed to ensure better use of highly-skilled human capital in knowledge-based economies around the globe.
Pooran Wynarczyk is former Director of Small Enterprise Research Unit at Newcastle University, UK. She was awarded a 'Personal Chair' at the University in 2000. Her publication on open innovation in SMEs achieved an 'Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence' in 2014.
Marina Ranga works with European Commission's Directorate General Joint Research Centre in Seville, Spain. She currently chairs the EC Advisory Group on H2020 "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" and is a member of the UN-ECE Team of Experts on innovation and Competitiveness Policy.
Chapter 1. Introduction Setting the Scene: An Insight into the 'Gender Divide' in Science and Technological Advancement; Pooran Wynarczyk and Marina Ranga.- Chapter 2. The Gender Dimension in German Knowledge and Technology Transfer: A Double-edged Sword; Kathinka Best, Marie Heidingsfelder, Martina Schraudner.-Chapter 3. Women's Role in Biotechnology Research: The Case of Mexico; Humberto Merritt and Maria del Pilar M Perez-Hernandez.- Chapter 4. Patenting Activity in Spain: A Gender Perspective; Elba Mauleón and María Bordons.- Chapter 5. Gender Patterns of Businesses with Growth Potential in Croatia; Slavica Singer, Natasa Sarlija, Sanja Pfeifer, Suncica Oberman Peterka.- Chapter 6. Gender-sensitive Business Counselling - Changing the Gendered Pattern and Understanding of Entrepreneurship; Malin Lindberg and Anders W. Johansson.- Chapter 7. Gender, Commercialization and Thought Leadership in Computing: Examining Women's Participation in Information Technology Patenting and Conference Paper Authorship; Catherine Ashcraft and Joanne McGrath Cohoon.- Chapter 8. Fostering Collaborative Innovation - Fraunhofer's Participatory Methodology; Kathinka Best, Michael Rehberg, Martina Schraudner.- Chapter 9: Case Study: Hertha Ayrton; Patricia Fara.