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A tale of the unexpected: Managing an insider dilemma by adopting the role of outsider in another setting

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A tale of the unexpected : Managing an insider dilemma by adopting the role of outsider in another setting. / Leigh, J.

In: Qualitative Research, Vol. 14, No. 4, 2014, p. 428-441.

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