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A historical analysis of critiques in the talent management debate. / Sparrow, Paul.

In: BRQ Business Research Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 3, 01.07.2019, p. 160-170.

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Sparrow, Paul. / A historical analysis of critiques in the talent management debate. In: BRQ Business Research Quarterly. 2019 ; Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 160-170.

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