Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, Vol 15, No 2 (2013)

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Gender diversity within R&D teams: impact on radicalness of innovation

Cristina Díaz-García, Angela González-Moreno, Francisco Jose Sáez-Martínez


Literature on diversity in organizations is limited and even fewer studies investigate its impact on innovation. Therefore, the aim of this research is to study how gender diversity within R&D teams, among other factors, impacts innovation, drawing on data from an innovation survey in Spain. Our findings support the assertion that gender diversity within R&D teams generates certain dynamics that foster novel solutions leading to radical innovation. The results indicate that gender diversity is positively related to radical innovation; however it does not promote incremental innovation in the same way. The positive relation occurs under particular conditions of the task (a higher degree of novelty), as the two types of innovation might require different skills for their effective performance. These results have several implications for academics, politicians and practitioners

Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice
ISSN 1447-9338

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