Journal Article

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


  • Dohse
  • D.
  • Goel
  • R.
  • Nelson
  • M.A.
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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

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JEL Classification
032, O33, O57, J16

Key Words

  • female managers
  • female owners
  • firm age
  • firm size
  • innovation
  • patent protection
  • R&D
  • sole proprietorship