Setting the Scene

  • Seppo Poutanen
  • Anne Kovalainen


The modern way of life is impossible without inventions and innovations. Innovations are woven into the fabric of societies in countless ecosystemic configurations. This means, for example, that a heroic and lone ingenious inventor is typically a figure of the past. In today’s networked world different organizations and institutions, starting from the educational systems, are becoming more fine-tuned towards promoting and producing innovative activities. However, all the phenomena referred to are also profoundly and asymmetrically gendered, irrespective of whether the subjects are invention processes themselves, girls and boys’ education in STEM fields, or commercialization of technological innovations. This chapter sets the general scene for the book that comprehensively describes and critically analyses the central contemporary issues related to gender and innovations.


Innovation Process Organizational Setting Service Innovation Creative Work Venture Capital Firm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seppo Poutanen
    • 1
  • Anne Kovalainen
    • 2
  1. 1.Turku School of EconomicsUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  2. 2.Turku School of EconomicsUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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