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Exploring the organizational proliferation of new technologies : an affective actor-network theory. / Sage, Daniel J.; Vitry, Chloe; Dainty, Andrew R. J.

In: Organization Studies, Vol. 41, No. 3, 01.03.2020, p. 345-363.

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Sage, Daniel J. ; Vitry, Chloe ; Dainty, Andrew R. J. / Exploring the organizational proliferation of new technologies : an affective actor-network theory. In: Organization Studies. 2020 ; Vol. 41, No. 3. pp. 345-363.

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