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Employability in the knowledge economy: living the fulfilled life or policy chimera?

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Employability in the knowledge economy: living the fulfilled life or policy chimera? / Hesketh, A J.

Lancaster University : The Department of Management Learning and Leadership, 2003. (Management Learning and Leadership Working Paper Series).

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Hesketh, AJ 2003 'Employability in the knowledge economy: living the fulfilled life or policy chimera?' Management Learning and Leadership Working Paper Series, The Department of Management Learning and Leadership, Lancaster University.

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Hesketh, A. J. (2003). Employability in the knowledge economy: living the fulfilled life or policy chimera? (Management Learning and Leadership Working Paper Series). The Department of Management Learning and Leadership.

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Hesketh AJ. Employability in the knowledge economy: living the fulfilled life or policy chimera? Lancaster University: The Department of Management Learning and Leadership. 2003. (Management Learning and Leadership Working Paper Series).

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Hesketh, A J. / Employability in the knowledge economy: living the fulfilled life or policy chimera?. Lancaster University : The Department of Management Learning and Leadership, 2003. (Management Learning and Leadership Working Paper Series).

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