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Investigating task coordination in globally dispersed teams: a structural contingency perspective

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Investigating task coordination in globally dispersed teams : a structural contingency perspective. / Sutanto, Juliana; Kankanhalli, Atreyi; Tan, Bernard C.Y.

In: ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Vol. 6, No. 2, 5, 05.2015.

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Sutanto, J, Kankanhalli, A & Tan, BCY 2015, 'Investigating task coordination in globally dispersed teams: a structural contingency perspective', ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, vol. 6, no. 2, 5. https://doi.org/10.1145/2688489

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Sutanto, J., Kankanhalli, A., & Tan, B. C. Y. (2015). Investigating task coordination in globally dispersed teams: a structural contingency perspective. ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, 6(2), [5]. https://doi.org/10.1145/2688489

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Sutanto J, Kankanhalli A, Tan BCY. Investigating task coordination in globally dispersed teams: a structural contingency perspective. ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems. 2015 May;6(2). 5. https://doi.org/10.1145/2688489

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Sutanto, Juliana ; Kankanhalli, Atreyi ; Tan, Bernard C.Y. / Investigating task coordination in globally dispersed teams : a structural contingency perspective. In: ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems. 2015 ; Vol. 6, No. 2.

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