Locating periods of institutional change agency: a mixed methods approach

Christoph Brodnik, Rebekah Brown

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper presents a new mixed methods approach which allows researchers to scan industry sectors for institutional change periods and to locate periods of significant institutional change agency. Design/methodology/approach: The approach is grounded on the institutional logics perspective and on institutional entrepreneurship theory and combines an automated quantitative content analysis with a cognitive mapping exercise. Findings: The paper describes the development of this approach and its application to the urban water management sector of Australia. Three periods of significant institutional change agency are identified, described and discussed. Originality/value: The paper puts forward a new methodological approach that enables a robust and objective identification of actor-driven institutional change periods which can be used as a precursor for more targeted qualitative inquiries into institutional change research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-525
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2018


  • Cognitive maps
  • Content analysis
  • Institutional entrepreneurship
  • Institutional logics
  • Mixed methods

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