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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

Isabel is a PhD candidate in Organisational Theory at Cambridge Judge Business School working on topics around institutional change and social innovation. She seeks to understand how actors, who are operating in challenging institutional environments with limited power and resources, can introduce impactful social and environmental change. As part of her research, she is studying the efforts of farmers in rural Indonesia to develop sustainable livelihoods and the initiatives of social entrepreneurs in Egypt to combat inequalities and make society more inclusive for minority groups. She is combining participatory observations during visits to the field with in-depth interviews. 

For instance, 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.

Research interests

Institutional change; social entrepreneurship; marginal actors; resistance to institutional change.

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.

Brüggemann, I., Tracey, P. and Kroezen, J. (2017) "Trialogical translation at the intersection of different life-worlds: the case of enterprise development in rural Indonesia." In: International Process Symposium (PROS), 22-24 June 2012, Kos, Greece.

Brüggemann, I., Tracey, P. and Kroezen, J. (2017) "Fighting 'factory fiction': how marginal actors resist the dominant in UK book publishing." In: AOM Annual Meeting, 4-8 August 2017, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Contact details

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


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