31.08.2017

Publication in the high-impact Journal of Business Venturing

A paper of the Mannheim entrepreneurship researcher Robert Strohmeyer has been accepted for publication in the renowned Journal of Business Venturing.

Robert Strohmeyer, research fellow and PhD Candidate at the Chair for SME research & Entrepreneurship.

The paper "Jacks-(and Jills)-of-all-trades: on whether, how and why gender influences firm innovativeness" of the Mannheim entrepreneurship researcher Robert Strohmeyer and his co-authors Vartuhi Tonoyan and Jennifer Jennings was accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Venturing and is now available online.

“I am excited that our contribution should reach a large audience via this excellent journal,” says Robert Strohmeyer, research associate at the Institute for SME Research and Entrepreneurship at the University of Mannheim.


Started in 1986, the Journal of Business Venturing (JBV) has become one of the world leading academic journals in the field of entrepreneurship.

 

Abstract:

The study examines whether, how and why an entrepreneur's gender influences firm innovativeness. Drawing upon research on gender-segregated educational and employment experiences, the authors suggest that firms led by women will exhibit less innovation breadth and depth than those led by men due to differences in the degree to which male versus female entrepreneurs resemble ‘jacks-(or jills)-of-all trades’. Analysis of survey data collected from 900 business owner-managers in Germany lends overall support—albeit with some noteworthy exceptions. The findings point to the need for an even more nuanced approach to research at the nexus of gender, entrepreneurship, and innovation.