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Special Issue: Brazil
Published: 16-03-2014

Gender in the Management of Brazilian Incubators

Rio de Janeiro State University - UERJ
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Leonardo Lehneman Agostinho

Master Course of Accountability

Department of Administrative Sciences - DCA&
Faculty of Administration and Finance - FAF&
Social Sciences Centre - CCS

Social Sciences Centre - CCSRua São Francisco Xavier, 524 Bloco B room 8024&

Rio de Janeiro - RJ, CEP 20550-013, Brazil&

Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro
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Mariza Almeida

School of Industrial EngineeringCenter for Exact Sciences and TechnologyAv. Pasteur, 458, CCET, room 403N, UrcaRio de Janeiro - RJCEP 22290240, Brazil

Sete Lagoas University Center
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Adelaide Baeta

Master Course of Biothechnology and Innovation Mannagement

Av. Castelo Branco, 2765, Santo Antonio

Sete Lagoas, MG, CEP 35702-134, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro State University - UERJ
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Branca Terra

Department of Administrative Sciences - DCA&
Faculty of Administration and Finance - FAF&
Social Sciences Centre - CCSRua São Francisco Xavier, 524 Bloco B room 8024&

Rio de Janeiro - RJ, CEP 20550-013, Brazil&

gender incubators ST&I policy Brazilian incubators.

Abstract

The aim of this study is to examine the gender distribution in management posts of Brazilian incubators. It considers specifically the management functions in the incubators and the leadership positions in the national association to address the following topics: 1) the gender distribution in the job functions of incubators, 2) the characteristics of the incubator management, 3) the characteristics and performance of the incubators managed by women, and 4) the representative positions of the women working at the National Brazilian Association of Incubators. The principal result of this research, with regard to gender distribution in the job functions at the incubators, shows that women run few incubators (a mere 12.5% of the total). The characteristics of incubators run by women are that they are smaller, recently established and with fewer graduated companies. The investigation points to the need to increase transparency and accountability, from a gender perspective, of all social actors involved with incubators: universities, regional networks incubators, incubators´ councils and associations. It is suggested that these organizations should significantly improve the monitoring of practices towards a more equal distribution of gender. In particular, women should be positioned in all policy committees related to incubators, including the National Association’s Board.

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How to Cite

Agostinho, L. L., Almeida, M., Baeta, A., & Terra, B. (2014). Gender in the Management of Brazilian Incubators. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 6(1), 101–124. Retrieved from https://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset/article/view/289