Qualitatively capturing institutional logics

Trish Reay, Candace Jones

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Abstract / Description of output

There is an ever-increasing volume of studies investigating institutional logics, and yet qualitative methods for studying this phenomenon are not clear. In this essay, we examine how qualitative scholars convince their readers that they are actually studying institutional logics. We identify three different, but non-exclusive techniques that have been employed: pattern deducing, pattern matching, and pattern inducing. For each of these approaches, we explain the ontological assumptions, methodological techniques, challenges, and benefits. In addition, we provide examples of how specific studies have analyzed and presented qualitative data to improve theory about institutional logics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-454
Number of pages14
JournalStrategic Organization
Issue number4
Early online date19 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • content analysis
  • ethnography
  • grounded theory
  • institutional change
  • institutional theory
  • qualitative methods
  • research methods
  • topics and perspectives


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