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Genre et innovateur frugal : 4 cas de femmes innovatrices

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  • Sophia Belghiti-Mahut

    (UM3 - Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3)

  • Anne-Laurence Lafont

    (MRM - Montpellier Research in Management - UM1 - Université Montpellier 1 - UM3 - Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3 - UM2 - Université Montpellier 2 - Sciences et Techniques - UPVD - Université de Perpignan Via Domitia - Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier (GSCM) - Montpellier Business School - UM - Université de Montpellier)

  • Angélique Rodhain

    (MRM - Montpellier Research in Management - UM1 - Université Montpellier 1 - UM3 - Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3 - UM2 - Université Montpellier 2 - Sciences et Techniques - UPVD - Université de Perpignan Via Domitia - Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier (GSCM) - Montpellier Business School - UM - Université de Montpellier)

  • Florence Rodhain

    (MRM - Montpellier Research in Management - UM1 - Université Montpellier 1 - UM3 - Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3 - UM2 - Université Montpellier 2 - Sciences et Techniques - UPVD - Université de Perpignan Via Domitia - Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier (GSCM) - Montpellier Business School - UM - Université de Montpellier)

  • Leila Temri

    (UMR MOISA - Marchés, Organisations, Institutions et Stratégies d'Acteurs - CIRAD - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement - Montpellier SupAgro - Centre international d'études supérieures en sciences agronomiques - INRA Montpellier - Institut national de la recherche agronomique [Montpellier] - CIHEAM - Centre International des Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier, Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier)

  • Ouidad Yousfi

    (MRM - Montpellier Research in Management - UM1 - Université Montpellier 1 - UM3 - Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3 - UM2 - Université Montpellier 2 - Sciences et Techniques - UPVD - Université de Perpignan Via Domitia - Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier (GSCM) - Montpellier Business School - UM - Université de Montpellier)

Abstract

Combining ingenuity, simplicity and responsibility, frugal innovation is perceived as a back-to-basics approach in the developed countries. Unlike more conventional innovators, frugal innovators exhibit slightly different characteristics at several levels. Indeed, it appears that frugality is based on intuition, and “local thinking”. These features are quite common in academic literature about female innovators. Women innovate less than men, according to some data. Stereotypes and also self-discrimination could help to explain this scarcity. In the present study, we investigate whether frugal innovators present similarities to female innovators. We base our analysis on the background literature and also on the life-stories of four female innovators. We shed light on the way women are innovating and suggest that the frugal innovator’s profile could lead women to feel more involved in innovation.

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  • Sophia Belghiti-Mahut & Anne-Laurence Lafont & Angélique Rodhain & Florence Rodhain & Leila Temri & Ouidad Yousfi, 2016. "Genre et innovateur frugal : 4 cas de femmes innovatrices," Post-Print hal-01506529, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01506529
    DOI: 10.3917/inno.051.0069
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01506529
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    Keywords

    innovateur frugal ; femme innovatrice; récit de vie; intuition; ancrage local;

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

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