Does gender matter for corporate entrepreneurship? A cross-countries study

Linda Elizabeth Ruiz, José Ernesto Amorós, Maribel Guerrero

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The accumulated knowledge about corporate entrepreneurship has provided a better understanding of its antecedents and consequences. Corporate entrepreneurship activities are strongly related to incremental or disruptive innovation processes. However, academic debates demand a novel conceptual framework to understand the gendered workforce’s contribution to corporate entrepreneurship initiatives worldwide. This study hypothesizes that a gendered workforce has similar capabilities (skills, ability to detect opportunities, and networks) to engage in corporate entrepreneurship. Therefore, any gender differences could be explained by the influence of country-level conditions (gender equality levels, culture, and social norms). We tested these hypotheses with a sample of 50,550 employees from 50 countries. Our results support these hypotheses extending the corporate entrepreneurship literature and provoking an interesting discussion to academics, managers, employees, and policymakers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929–946
Number of pages18
JournalSmall Business Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Diversified workforce
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender
  • Gender equality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics


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