Explaining scientists’ entrepreneurial behavior

September 30, 2022

This is one of the research objectives that Dr. Inma Aleixos Borrás, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (2022-2024) at the University of Stuttgart, wants to achieve. Dr. Aleixos Borrás’ project “Disrupting gendered stereotypes and disclosing neglected value-laden motivations of academic entrepreneurship” (Ungendered Values) has been awarded the maximum punctuation in the evaluation process.

Ungendered Values is a 24-month project that will contribute to understanding researchers' entrepreneurial behavior in a time, in which other types of entrepreneurship are socially desired and expected, a new social moral of science is spreading, a (new) global crisis has arisen, and more gender equality in society is being gained. Furthermore, the project aims to analyze critically the scientific discourse that associates some value-laden motivations of some types of entrepreneurship with men and women. The proposal of creating a “female entrepreneurship” based on values and motivations may become a double-edged sword. In effect, it may reinforce the idea that entrepreneurship is gendered, which, in turn, runs the risk of gendering values. Arguably, the idea of gendered values has ethical and ontological consequences that have to be theoretically and empirically interrogated.

Dr. Inma Aleixos Borrás joined the University of Stuttgart last 1st August 2022 under the supervision of Dr. Ferran Giones, Deputy Director of Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science (ENI), University of Stuttgart. Both the University of Ottawa (Canada), and the Universitat de València (Spain) will host her during a 3-month period at each of the institutions with the supervision of professor José López.

She holds a PhD of the Universitat Politècnica de València (2020, Spain), and was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship (2016-2017) in order to conduct her empirical research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Ottawa. She is also a Fulbright Fellow (Master of Science in Information of the University of Michigan (USA), 2012-2014).

Funding information: The project has been funded by the European Commission under a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA), HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01-01 #101059248

Find more information on the project here


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Melanie Minderjahn

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Inmaculada Aleixos Borrás


Research Associate (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow)

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