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The strategic importance of top management resistance: extending Alfred D. Chandler

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The strategic importance of top management resistance : extending Alfred D. Chandler. / Friesl, Martin; Kwon, Winston .

In: Strategic Organization, Vol. 15, No. 1, 02.2017, p. 100-112.

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Friesl, Martin ; Kwon, Winston . / The strategic importance of top management resistance : extending Alfred D. Chandler. In: Strategic Organization. 2017 ; Vol. 15, No. 1. pp. 100-112.

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