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Competitive priorities of small manufacturers in Brazil. / Thurer, Matthias; Filho, Moacir; Stevenson, Mark; Fredendall, Lawrence.

In: Industrial Management and Data Systems, Vol. 113, No. 6, 2013, p. 856-874.

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Thurer, M, Filho, M, Stevenson, M & Fredendall, L 2013, 'Competitive priorities of small manufacturers in Brazil', Industrial Management and Data Systems, vol. 113, no. 6, pp. 856-874. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-01-2013-0049

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Thurer, M., Filho, M., Stevenson, M., & Fredendall, L. (2013). Competitive priorities of small manufacturers in Brazil. Industrial Management and Data Systems, 113(6), 856-874. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-01-2013-0049

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Thurer M, Filho M, Stevenson M, Fredendall L. Competitive priorities of small manufacturers in Brazil. Industrial Management and Data Systems. 2013;113(6):856-874. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-01-2013-0049

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Thurer, Matthias ; Filho, Moacir ; Stevenson, Mark ; Fredendall, Lawrence. / Competitive priorities of small manufacturers in Brazil. In: Industrial Management and Data Systems. 2013 ; Vol. 113, No. 6. pp. 856-874.

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