Elite entrepreneurship education: Translating ideas in North Korea

Wainwright, Thomas and Kibler, Ewald and Heikkilä, Jukka-Pekka and Down, Simon (2018) Elite entrepreneurship education: Translating ideas in North Korea. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 50 (5). pp. 1008-1026. ISSN 1472-3409

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Abstract

The recent geographies of education literature has drawn attention to the role of elite business education in circulating new ideas. Our paper presents an ethnography based in North Korea to examine the introduction of an international business education for young generations of North Korean elites (‘donjus’). Drawing on extant literatures on translation, our study shows how the translation of entrepreneurial ideas between market-orientated economies and North Korea’s political economy creates different legitimacy tensions within teaching space, and how those tensions are managed to help translate ideas, making them relevant for the local economy. In conclusion, we introduce new understanding of how business schools function as a hub of idea translation and foster the (re-)production of economic elites in an institutional space where commercial entrepreneurship is still illegal.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Business education, geographies of knowledge, North Korea, elites, organisational learning
Faculty: Lord Ashcroft International Business School
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 09:38
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 07:44
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703227

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