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Off to plan or out to lunch?: relationships between design characteristics and outcomes of strategy workshops

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Off to plan or out to lunch? relationships between design characteristics and outcomes of strategy workshops. / Healey, Mark P.; Hodgkinson, Gerard P.; Whittington, Richard; Johnson, Gerry.

In: British Journal of Management, Vol. 26, No. 3, 07.2015, p. 507-528.

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Healey, MP, Hodgkinson, GP, Whittington, R & Johnson, G 2015, 'Off to plan or out to lunch? relationships between design characteristics and outcomes of strategy workshops', British Journal of Management, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 507-528. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12038

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Healey, Mark P. ; Hodgkinson, Gerard P. ; Whittington, Richard ; Johnson, Gerry. / Off to plan or out to lunch? relationships between design characteristics and outcomes of strategy workshops. In: British Journal of Management. 2015 ; Vol. 26, No. 3. pp. 507-528.

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