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Building Women’s Innovation Capacities Through Undergraduate Experiences

Benjamin S. Selznick (), Matthew J. Mayhew, Lini Zhang and Eric T. McChesney
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Benjamin S. Selznick: James Madison University
Matthew J. Mayhew: The Ohio State University
Lini Zhang: Shanghai Institute of Technology
Eric T. McChesney: The Ohio State University

Research in Higher Education, 2022, vol. 63, issue 4, No 1, 567-588

Abstract: Abstract This study examines how collegiate climates and practices can promote innovation capacities among an international longitudinal sample of undergraduate women. Using a pre-test/post-test quantitative design with a reliable and valid dependent measure of innovation capacities, this study employs structural equation modeling to robustly estimate collegiate effects over-and-above students’ entry characteristics and personality traits. Results indicate that curricular practices (e.g., faculty challenge, course-taking patterns) and co-curricular engagement (e.g., connecting experiences) spur the development of innovation capacities among our sample of women. Findings are discussed and implications for theory, research, and practice are provided.

Keywords: Women; Innovation; Entrepreneurship; Undergraduate (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11162-021-09659-3

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