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Isabel Brüggemann

Isabel Brüggemann

PhD Candidate

MA (University of St Andrews), MPhil (University of Cambridge)

Research topic

The Role of Marginal Actors in Processes of Institutional Change

Real world impact

As part of a research project in collaboration with Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Isabel has travelled to Indonesia to observe the formation and development of two agricultural community-based enterprises in two rural villages in the West Kalimantan region. The aim of the project is to identify how FFI and the farmers of the villages can work together to increase the value of existing entrepreneurial activities in the region to the communities. As a PhD student, Isabel is observing and collecting the views of both development experts, who are involved in the project, and villagers to see how their realities and expectations can be bridged. She is conducting a longitudinal study that includes several visits to the region over time in order to determine the activities behind and long-term effects of the development initiative.

Research interests

Institutional theory; institutional change; resistance to institutional change; logic shifts; marginal actors; social entrepreneurship.

Isabel Brüggemann is a member of the Organisational Theory & Information Systems subject group.

Publications & papers

Blog posts

Brüggemann, I. (2016) "Enterprising communities: bridging foreign and local realities." The Social Innovation Blog, 5 July 2016

Conference presentations

Brüggemann, I. (2016) "Fighting "factory fiction": towards a multi-level theory of institutional resistance in the UK book publishing industry." In: EGOS Colloquium, Sub-Theme 36: The Dark and Bright Sides of Power, Institutions and Organizing, 7-9 July 2016, Naples, Italy

Contact details

Isabel Brüggemann
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG


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