Gender diversity in R & D teams and its impact on firm openness

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'Open innovation' is increasingly regarded as an important driver of high-technology new ventures' innovation performance. Given the considerable benefits of openness, this has motivated interest in understanding the determinants of firms' open innovation activities. While much insight has been gained on the relationship between internal research and development (R & D) and firm openness, it is still unclear how the characteristics of the R & D team, specifically its gender composition, affect openness. Using a 13-year longitudinal panel of Spanish manufacturing firms, this chapter examines whether the gender composition of R & D teams has an effect on the extent to which firms engage in open innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, Science and Innovation. New Perspectives
EditorsHelen Lawton Smith, Colette Henry, Henry Etzkowitz, Alexandra Poulovassilis
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781786438973
ISBN (Print)9781786438966
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2020

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Helen Lawton Smith, Colette Henry, Henry Etzkowitz and Alexandra Poulovassilis 2020. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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