Jakob Krause-Jensen

Associate professor

Jakob Krause-Jensen
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I am trained as an anthropologist and I have been employed as associate professor at the Danish School of Education since 2009. After having been interested in Central America and studied Guatemalan Refugees in Mexico in the early 1990s, I have returned home and my work now concerns business and organizations. In the broadest sense I am interested in employing anthropological analytical strategies and methodologies in the study of work organizations. More specifically, I have studied how for the past decades management and education has increasingly converged in two important ways. First, educational institutions (schools, universities etc.) are increasingly under influence from management thinking and their organization is inspired by the private sector. On the other hand, management thinking and practice have come under the influence of pedagogy and anthropology. I have investigated how concepts like ‘education’, ‘culture’ and ‘values’ have played a role in management thinking and practice, and I have explored what happens when management concepts and ideas from the manufacturing industry are put to use in public sector institutions.

 Another research interest of mine is education. I am coordinator of the Teaching Anthropology Network under EASA (European Association of Social Anthropology) and I am interested in developing teaching and supervision inspired by ethnographic methodologies and anthropological forms of analyses.

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