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Becoming an international man: top manager masculinities in the making of a multinational corporation

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Becoming an international man : top manager masculinities in the making of a multinational corporation. / Tienari, Janne; Vaara, Eero; Meriläinen, Susan.

In: Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 29, No. 1, 01.2010, p. 38-52.

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Tienari, Janne ; Vaara, Eero ; Meriläinen, Susan. / Becoming an international man : top manager masculinities in the making of a multinational corporation. In: Equal Opportunities International. 2010 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 38-52.

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