Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CfP: MSM Summer Course Inclusive innovation, gender and entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Economic Empowerment?

MSM Summer Course Inclusive innovation, gender and entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Economic Empowerment?
Course date:  20 – 31 July 2015
Venue: Maastricht School of Management (MSM), the Netherlands
Duration: 2 weeks
Fee: € 850


How do inclusive innovations accelerate or provide openings for gender inclusive economic development? Innovation for inclusive development (also referred to as inclusive innovation or frugal innovation) is thought of as being beneficial for business and to enhance social and economic wellbeing of the poor, potentially transforming developing economies in Africa and Asia.
In this course we will focus on the gender dimensions in inclusive development and seek answers to how innovations affirm, challenge or transform the gender dynamics in entrepreneurship and poverty. How do the implementation of new products, institutions and services impact on the gendered constraints that female entrepreneurs face in the economy? What do examples of new production processes, supply chains and business models tell us about its potential to economically empower women? How are female entrepreneurs involved as actors in processes of inclusive innovation, how do they benefit and how are they at risk or excluded? What ethical dilemmas and critical debates are raised in gender inclusive innovation?

During the course you will:
  • Explore the gender dimensions in the different stages of the (inclusive) innovation cycle.
  • Explore institutional theory as a framework to understand inclusive innovation.
  • Study real examples of inclusive innovations implemented in Africa or Asia from a gender perspective.
  • Gain insights in empowerment theories and how to evaluate outcomes of inclusive innovation from a gender perspective.
In this course you will familiarize yourself with the most recent theoretical frameworks available to study inclusive innovation. You will explore its gender dimensions and engage in critical debate to better understand its ethical considerations. You will get acquainted with some of the innovative inclusive business initiatives that are currently being implemented across Africa and Asia. And, you will gain skills in how to apply a gender perspective when evaluating its outcomes. The course offers you the unique opportunity to explore inclusive innovation from cutting edge theory while applying it to real-life cases. Guest speakers from practitioner organizations involved in inclusive business initiatives and the Centre of Frugal Innovation in Africa may be involved.

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