Does gender affect innovation? Evidence from female chief technology officers

Qiang Wu, Wassim Dbouk, Iftekhar Hasan, Nada Kobeissi, Li Zheng

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In this paper, we examine the impact of female Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) on corporate innovation. We find that firms with female CTOs are more innovative (as captured by both patent counts and patent citations) than firms with male CTOs. This effect is more pronounced for firms with a stronger innovation-supportive culture, firms with female CEOs, and when female CTOs are more powerful. Using mediation analyses, we further validate that female CTOs’ transformational leadership style is a plausible mechanism through which they affect innovation positively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104327
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • CTOs
  • Female executives
  • Innovation
  • Transformational leadership style

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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