Special Issue

Women leading innovation, business, and investment in Latin America and the Caribbean


Katherina Kuschel, CENTRUM Graduate Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, kkuschel@pucp.edu.pe (corresponding editor)

Sandra Idrovo, INALDE Business School, Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia sandra.idrovo@inalde.edu.co

Rocío Ruiz-Martínez, SBR Lab & Universitat Rovira i Virgili, España. rocio.ruiz@urv.cat


According to the World Bank data, as of 2018, the population of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) was estimated at 641.3 million people (325 million women). On average, the female labour force is 41.7%. However, the actual female employment participation rate is 51.4%, varying in each country. The COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly changing our behaviours and regulations. With unprecedented rates of unemployment, the number of individuals starting businesses is expected to increase during and after the crisis. This new scenario will have particular circumstances for women in LAC economies.


This special issue is looking for papers that extend the theory and practical evidence on women fostering and leading economic and social development in the Latin American and the Caribbean context. These women may take the role of directors, managers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors.

Some desirable topics, but not limited to this list, are studies on:

  • Women innovators, inventors, academic entrepreneurs, and seniorpreneurs
  • Women in necessity (Ruiz-Martínez et al., 2021a) and opportunity entrepreneurship in developing and emerging economies (Minniti and Naude, 2010; de Vita et al., 2014; Kelley et al., 2015) such as the LAC countries (Ruiz-Martínez et al., 2021b)
  • Women in NGOs and support organizations
  • The role of women in SMEs, family business, startups, scaleups, international firms and multilatinas
  • Enabler entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems for women
  • Covid-19 impact on women’s wellbeing (Lepeley et al., 2019)
  • Work-life balance, novel arrangements, new breadwinner and household partnerships, women in copreneurial teams
  • Women leading in the academia (Bhatti & Ali, 2021; Kuzhabekova & Almukhambetova, 2021; Vázquez-Cupeiro, 2021)
  • Policy recommendations for innovation, business, and investment recovery
  • Women in the boardroom, upper management (Kuschel & Salvaj, 2018), and middle management (Leyva et al, 2021)
  • Women investors


We welcome a range of review and conceptual papers, and qualitative and quantitative studies (empirical papers) that provide frameworks for understanding the role of women in the Latin American business domain. Policy briefs and teaching cases are not the focus of this journal. All research papers submitted will be subject to a double-blind peer-review process.


Language:                                English or Spanish

Paper length (max):                  5000 - 7000 words

Reference format:                    APA 7 edition, 2020. See suggestions here: http://revistas.pucp.edu.pe/index.php/360gestion/normas_autores


Paper submission:                    October 15, 2021

Acceptance notification:            January 30, 2022

Estimated date of publication:   August-September 2022


Submit to the journal: http://revistas.pucp.edu.pe/index.php/360gestion and select “Women in Business LAC” special issue.

For more information about the journal and submission guidelines, please visit the journal’s website:



Authors are encouraged to contact the guest editors for further clarifications and to discuss the aims and scope of their paper in relation to this special issue.


In the following link you can find a video with the informative webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAWmf7ubmHs


Dr. Katherina Kuschel studies women founders of technology ventures at CENTRUM Graduate Business School and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

Funded by the DAAD and the KIT International Excellence Fellowship Kuschel is studying softlanding programs and expatpreneurs at KIT EnTechnon in Germany. Her current research interests are enabling entrepreneurial ecosystems for women, fundraising, technology ventures, sustainable business models, entrepreneurial failure, and “subjective” measures of success. She has also participated in entrepreneurial training programs for necessity-driven and indigenous profiles of women in South America and is a research consultant for the GEET+ project on entrepreneurial education. Besides leading a research group on work-life issues among entrepreneurs, she participated as guest editor at the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal on Women Entrepreneurship within STEM fields and a Routledge edited book entitled The Wellbeing of Women in Entrepreneurship.

Sandra Idrovo Carlier, PhD. is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and Communication at INALDE Business School - Universidad de La Sabana, in Colombia, where she is also the Director of the the Research Center “Cultura, Trabajo, Cuidado” (Culture, Work, Care).   Her research interests and publications deal with harmonizing work and personal life, women in management and entrepreneurship, organizational culture and communication towards a sustainable society. She has published in Colombian and International peer-reviewed journals and books. 

Rocío Ruiz-Martínez explores gender equality policies; she specialises in women entrepreneurs at social risk. She currently works on her Doctoral dissertation in Gender Studies at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili –with a Martí i Franquès scholarship– about Women in Necessity-Driven Entrepreneurship. She holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies with a specialisation in Women, Work, and Public Policies, from Universitat de Barcelona, a Master’s degree in Business Law from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a Master’s degree in Management and Accounting from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. She is a member of the Social and Business Research Laboratory in Tarragona City. She has extensive experience as a business consultant. In recent years she has worked as an advisor of innovation for a Chilean Government foundation and as a Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Universidad de Chile.


Bhatti, A. & Ali, R. (2021). Women constructing leadership identities in academia: Intersection of gender and culture. Issues in Educational Research, 31(1), 1-18.

De Vita, L., Mari, M. & Poggesi, S. (2014). Women entrepreneurs in and from developing countries: evidences from the literature. European Management Journal, 32(3), 451–460.

Kelley, D., Brush, C., Greene, P., Herrington, M., Ali, A. & Kew, P. (2015). GEM Special Report: Women’s Entrepreneurship, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Babson College, Babson Park, MA.

Kuschel, K., & Salvaj, E. (2018). Opening the “Black Box”. Factors affecting women’s journey to top management positions: A framework applied to Chile. Administrative Sciences, 8(4), 63. DOI: 10.3390/admsci8040063

Kuzhabekova, A., & Almukhambetova A. (2021). Women’s progression through the leadership pipeline in the universities of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. 51(1), 99-117.

Lepeley, MT., Kuschel, K., Beutell, N., Pouw, N., & Eijdenberg, E.L. (2019). The Wellbeing of Women in Entrepreneurship. A Global Perspective. London: Routledge.

Leyva, L. A., & Alley, Z. D. (2021). “Speaking out more” and “talk[ing] less and less about my goals”: A counter-storytelling of undergraduate Latina women’s critical race-gendered epistemologies as mathematics students and aspiring engineers.In M. Shanahan, B. Kim, K. Koh, P. Preciado-Babb, & M. Takeuchi (Eds.), The Learning sciences in conversation: Theories, methodologies, and boundary spaces. New York, NY: Routledge.

Minniti, M. & Naude, W.A. (2010). What do we know about the patterns and determinants of female entrepreneurship across countries? European Journal of Development Research, 22(3), 277–293.

Ruiz-Martínez, R., Kuschel, K., & Pastor, I. (2021a). Craftswomen entrepreneurs in flow: No boundaries between business and leisure. Community, Work & Family. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2021.1873106

Ruiz-Martínez, R., Kuschel, K., & Pastor, I. (2021b). A contextual approach to women’s entrepreneurship in Latin America: Impacting research and public policy. Int. Journal of Globalisation and Small Business. 12(1), 83-103. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJGSB.2021.113835

Vázquez-Cupeiro, S. (2021). Women’s networking in Spanish academia: a ‘catch-all’ strategy or strategic sisterhood?. Critical Studies in Education, 1-16.