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Being occupied: an embodied re-reading of organizational ‘wellness’

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Being occupied : an embodied re-reading of organizational ‘wellness’. / Dale, Karen; Burrell, Gibson.

In: Organization, Vol. 21, No. 2, 03.2014, p. 159-177.

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Dale, Karen ; Burrell, Gibson. / Being occupied : an embodied re-reading of organizational ‘wellness’. In: Organization. 2014 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 159-177.

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