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Constructing global firms? National, transnational and postcolonial effects in international management consultancies. / Boussebaa, M; Morgan, G; Sturdy, A.J.

In: Organization Studies, Vol. 33, No. 4, 04.2012, p. 465 - 486.

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Boussebaa, M ; Morgan, G ; Sturdy, A.J. / Constructing global firms? National, transnational and postcolonial effects in international management consultancies. In: Organization Studies. 2012 ; Vol. 33, No. 4. pp. 465 - 486.

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