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The night of the bug: technology, risk and (dis)organization at the fin de siecle

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The night of the bug : technology, risk and (dis)organization at the fin de siecle. / Knights, David; Vurdubakis, Theo; Willmott, Hugh.

In: Management and Organizational History, Vol. 3, No. 3-4, 08.2008, p. 289-309.

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Knights, David ; Vurdubakis, Theo ; Willmott, Hugh. / The night of the bug : technology, risk and (dis)organization at the fin de siecle. In: Management and Organizational History. 2008 ; Vol. 3, No. 3-4. pp. 289-309.

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