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Celebrating advances in LGBT+ diversity in the accountancy profession: Not letting idealistic purity become the enemy of progress

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Celebrating advances in LGBT+ diversity in the accountancy profession : Not letting idealistic purity become the enemy of progress. / Unerman, Jeffrey.

In: Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 9, No. 5, 05.11.2018, p. 636-641.

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Unerman, Jeffrey. / Celebrating advances in LGBT+ diversity in the accountancy profession : Not letting idealistic purity become the enemy of progress. In: Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. 2018 ; Vol. 9, No. 5. pp. 636-641.

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