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A role for soft systems methodology in information systems development. / Winter, M. C.; Brown, D. H.; Checkland, P. B.

In: European Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 4, No. 3, 01.01.1995, p. 130-142.

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Winter, M. C. ; Brown, D. H. ; Checkland, P. B. / A role for soft systems methodology in information systems development. In: European Journal of Information Systems. 1995 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 130-142.

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