Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

University innovation and commercialization ecosystem: Promoting pathways for women in STEM innovators
by Ghahramani, Forough, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2016, 372; 10158528
Abstract (Summary)

This study provides a qualitative exploration of the ways in which the various degrees of entrepreneurialism and commercialization shape female graduate student training and socialization across science technology and engineering fields. This study explores institutional conditions at three selective and private U.S. research universities that cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship in graduate students to introduce patents, start companies, and/or work in leadership roles in start-ups and corporations. A focus of the study is on institutional factors important to women with doctorate degrees in the STEM fields – science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Critical factors in each institution’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem are explored, including the institution’s role in building innovation and entrepreneurial pathways, their commitment and resources for innovation and entrepreneurship, their culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and their commitment to diversity and inclusion for increasing participation of women in innovation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Eynon, Diane E.
Commitee: Brush, Candida G., Gasman, Marybeth
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Higher Education Management
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Higher Education Administration, Womens studies
Keywords: Commercialization, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, STEM
Publication Number: 10158528
ISBN: 9781369135367
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