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Energy firms' responses to institutional ambiguity and complexity in long energy transitions: The case of the UK and China

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Energy firms' responses to institutional ambiguity and complexity in long energy transitions : The case of the UK and China. / Tarim, Emre; Finke, Tobias; Liu, Lingxuan.

In: British Journal of Management, Vol. 0, 20.01.2020, p. 0-0.

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