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Female owners versus female managers: Who is better at introducing innovations?

Dirk Dohse (), Rajeev Goel and Michael Nelson

The Journal of Technology Transfer, 2019, vol. 44, issue 2, No 9, 520-539

Abstract: Abstract This paper uses firm-level survey for more than 100 countries to examine whether firms’ female managers or female owners were better at bringing innovations to the market than males. In contrast to most of the literature that focuses on the performance of female managers/owners, this paper addresses conduct with regard to innovation. Results show that female owners, rather than female managers, were more likely to introduce innovations. Further, R&D performing firms introduced innovations, as did larger and older firms. The presence of an informal sector and finance availability constraints actually spurred innovation introductions, with economic prosperity leading to complacency in innovation introductions.

Keywords: Innovation; Female owners; Female managers; Patent protection; R&D; Firm size; Firm age; Sole proprietorship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O32 O33 O57 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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