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Re-imagining the scales, dimensions, and fields of socio-ecological sustainability

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Re-imagining the scales, dimensions, and fields of socio-ecological sustainability. / O'Reilly, Dermot Gerald; Allen, Stephen; Reedy, Patrick.

In: British Journal of Management, Vol. 29, No. 2, DOI: , 15.04.2018, p. 220-234.

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O'Reilly, DG, Allen, S & Reedy, P 2018, 'Re-imagining the scales, dimensions, and fields of socio-ecological sustainability' British Journal of Management, vol. 29, no. 2, DOI: , pp. 220-234. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12278

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O'Reilly, D. G., Allen, S., & Reedy, P. (2018). Re-imagining the scales, dimensions, and fields of socio-ecological sustainability. British Journal of Management, 29(2), 220-234. [DOI: ]. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12278

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O'Reilly, Dermot Gerald ; Allen, Stephen ; Reedy, Patrick. / Re-imagining the scales, dimensions, and fields of socio-ecological sustainability. In: British Journal of Management. 2018 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 220-234.

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