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Women in innovation processes as a solution to climate change: A systematic literature review and an agenda for future research

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  • Loarne-Lemaire, Séverine Le
  • Bertrand, Gaël
  • Razgallah, Meriam
  • Maalaoui, Adnane
  • Kallmuenzer, Andreas

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This paper focuses on identifying the means to tackle climate change as it explores the key role women could play in developing and enhancing innovation. Based on a systematic literature review (SLR) of 1,275 journal articles, we explore the impact of a stronger presence of women within institutions, including companies, to take on climate change. We also look at the need to properly align public policies and combat climate change while engaging global companies in the process. The SLR shows that more women within the technological innovation process promise greater productivity and better results. It also reveals that women tend to adopt innovations that have proven to be efficient. We argue that more women in science would contribute to accelerating the development of the necessary technological innovation to counter climate change and promote continued awareness about it. We also argue that more female board members in large companies and public institutions would contribute to not only appropriate climate change policies, but also to a move away from “gadget” technologies that fail to effectively fight rising global temperatures. The article concludes with a discussion of whether we need more women or feminine qualities within innovation processes.

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  • Loarne-Lemaire, Séverine Le & Bertrand, Gaël & Razgallah, Meriam & Maalaoui, Adnane & Kallmuenzer, Andreas, 2021. "Women in innovation processes as a solution to climate change: A systematic literature review and an agenda for future research," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 164(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:tefoso:v:164:y:2021:i:c:s004016252031266x
    DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120440
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