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Corporate strategy, organizations, and subjectivity : a critique . / Knights, David; Morgan, Glenn.

In: Organization Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, 04.1991, p. 251-273.

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Knights, David ; Morgan, Glenn. / Corporate strategy, organizations, and subjectivity : a critique . In: Organization Studies. 1991 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 251-273.

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