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Considering institutional logics in building performance evaluation research

Oliveira, Sonja; Baborska-Narożny, Magdalena


Magdalena Baborska-Narożny


John Littlewood

Robert J. Howlett

Alfonso Capozzoli

Lakhmi C. Jain


The purpose of this paper is to reflect upon potential analytical benefits of institutional theory in the study of building performance evaluation (BPE) practice. BPE studies have mostly been based on descriptive empirical insights with little conceptual underpinning on theoretical observation. Where theory has been drawn upon, it has tended to be largely based on socio-technical approaches, with focus mostly placed on the user or the client. Designers’ experience of BPE and a multilevel approach are mostly overlooked. The analysis draws upon mixed data, including documentary evidence, and focus on group session with experts in BPE, as well as use of theory in empirical settings. The findings from the study would enable initial development of potential institutional theory approach, that is, the study of BPE practice. There are also methodological implications into ways new conceptual approaches could be considered in their application across a range of fields.


Oliveira, S., & Baborska-Narożny, M. (2020). Considering institutional logics in building performance evaluation research. In L. C. Jain, A. Capozzoli, R. J. Howlett, & J. Littlewood (Eds.), Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, (701-710).

Conference Name 11th KES International Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Buildings 2019
Start Date Jul 4, 2019
End Date Jul 5, 2019
Acceptance Date Jul 4, 2019
Online Publication Date Oct 27, 2019
Publication Date Jan 1, 2020
Deposit Date Nov 14, 2019
Volume 163
Pages 701-710
Series Title Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Series ISSN 2190-3018
Book Title Sustainability in Energy and Buildings
ISBN 9789813298675
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