From Cultural Repertoires to Institutional Logics: A Content-Analytic Method

Klaus Weber, Hetal Patel, Kathryn L. Heinze

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Much of contemporary institutional theory rests on the identification of structured, coherent, and encompassing logics, and from there proceeds to examine multilevel dynamics or the relationship between logics in a field. Less research directly studies the internal properties and dynamics of logics and how they are structured over time. In this paper, we propose a method for understanding the content and organization of logics over time. We advocate for an analysis of logics that is grounded in a repertoire view of culture (Swidler, 1986; Weber, 2005). This approach involves identifying the set of cultural categories that can make up logics, and measuring empirically the dimensions that mark a cultural system as more or less logic-like. We discuss several text analytic approaches suitable for discourse data, and outline a seven-step method for describing the internal organization of a cultural repertoire in term of its “logic-ness.” We provide empirical illustrations from a historical analysis of the field of alternative livestock agriculture. Our approach provides an integrated theoretical and methodological framework for the analysis of logics across a range of settings.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInstitutional Logics in Action, Part B
EditorsMichael Lounsbury, Eva Boxenbaum
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages32
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations


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