Title: Academic propaganda in international education: detection, remedy and conceptualisation
Authors: S.M. Riad Shams; Alkis Thrassou; Demetris Vrontis; Michael Christofi; Eleni Trichina
Addresses: Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK ' Gnosis Mediterranean Institute for Management Science, University of Nicosia, 46 Makedonitissas Avenue, P.O. Box 24005, 1700 Nicosia, Cyprus ' Gnosis Mediterranean Institute for Management Science, University of Nicosia, 46 Makedonitissas Avenue, P.O. Box 24005, 1700 Nicosia, Cyprus ' School of Management and Economics, Cyprus University of Technology, 30 Archbishop Street, 3036 Limassol, Cyprus ' University of Nicosia, 46 Makedonitissas Avenue, CY-2417, P.O. Box 24005, CY-1700, Nicosia, Cyprus
Abstract: Academic propaganda, as a 'darker' form of institutional brand communication strategy has been diachronically misleading target audiences for political, social and/or business purposes. Though scholars have studied the matter, primarily in its socio-political context, its business façade is under-researched. We have limited knowledge and ability in detecting academic propaganda and in developing the right antidote to it. This multidisciplinary research, thus, follows an inductive constructive approach to identify, interrelate and superimpose the critical aspects of divergent, but, related fields of cognitive communication studies, including propaganda, strategic management and marketing communication. The aim is to develop theoretical insights and propositions with regards to the detection of academic propaganda; and to construct a mechanism for its monitoring and control. We propose frameworks that theoretically contribute to the extant propaganda management literature, while practically enabling the corresponding government and non-government monitoring agencies to detect and react to academic propaganda.
Keywords: education; propaganda; image; reputation; internationalisation; sustainability; brand communication; misleading communication; value; international education.
Global Business and Economics Review, 2021 Vol.25 No.3/4, pp.251 - 272
Received: 10 Apr 2020
Accepted: 05 Oct 2020
Published online: 03 Nov 2021 *