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Action research methods furthering change in Sweden's innovation policy
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
2009 (English)In: Conference HSS09, 1-3 June 2009, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå tekniska universitet, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the project Lyftet, four regional networks came together in order to lift their experiences of promoting women's entrepreneurship and innovation to a joint platform of knowledge. The networks consisted of women running their own companies and/or working as business promoters. Participating at dialogue seminars arranged within each network, the network members shared experiences from their processes with each other as well as with the four researchers being involved. The aim of these dialogue seminars was to create a free space where the network members could discuss Sweden's innovation and entrepreneurship policy from a gender perspective, in the light of their own efforts to promote women's entrepreneurship and innovation, without being hampered by the norms conveyed in the existing innovation and entrepreneurship policy programs. In this paper, I discuss how action research methods might shed a light on how the dialogue seminars helped the participants to challenge delimiting assumptions within Sweden's innovation policy. The results expose how the alignment of Participatory Action Research (PAR) helped to articulate critique against the contemporary innovation policy from a gender perspective and how the alignment of Participatory and Appreciative Action Research (PAAR) helped to discern aspects and measures fostering change on the area of innovation policy.

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Luleå tekniska universitet, 2009.
Keyword [en]
Interdisciplinary research areas - Gender
Keyword [sv]
Tvärvetenskapliga forskningsområden - Genus
Research subject
Man Machine Relation Focusing Gender
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34472Local ID: 8aef5e80-4eaf-11de-afea-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1007723
Högskolor och samhälle i samverkan : 01/06/2009 - 03/06/2009
Godkänd; 2009; 20090601 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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