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Elite entrepreneurship education: Translating ideas in North Korea

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The recent geographies of education literature have 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 literature 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 into 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.

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  1. Business education
  2. geographies of knowledge
  3. North Korea
  4. elites
  5. organisational learning

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Published online: March 29, 2018
Issue published: August 2018

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Thomas Wainwright
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Ewald Kibler
Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä
Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Simon Down
Anglia Ruskin University, UK

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Thomas Wainwright, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Email: [email protected]

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