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Why Learn Business Ethics?: Students' Conceptions Of The Use And Exchange Value Of Applied Business Ethics

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Why Learn Business Ethics? Students' Conceptions Of The Use And Exchange Value Of Applied Business Ethics. / Varma, Sadanand.

In: Asian Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 8, No. 1, 01.06.2019, p. 107-125.

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Varma, Sadanand. / Why Learn Business Ethics? Students' Conceptions Of The Use And Exchange Value Of Applied Business Ethics. In: Asian Journal of Business Ethics. 2019 ; Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. 107-125.

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