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Instantiation: Reconceptualising the role of technology as a carrier of organisational strategising

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Instantiation : Reconceptualising the role of technology as a carrier of organisational strategising. / Baptista, João; Wilson, Alexander D; Galliers, Robert D.

In: Journal of Information Technology, Vol. 36, No. 2, 01.06.2021, p. 109-127.

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Baptista, J, Wilson, AD & Galliers, RD 2021, 'Instantiation: Reconceptualising the role of technology as a carrier of organisational strategising', Journal of Information Technology, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 109-127. https://doi.org/10.1177/0268396220988550

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Baptista, João ; Wilson, Alexander D ; Galliers, Robert D. / Instantiation : Reconceptualising the role of technology as a carrier of organisational strategising. In: Journal of Information Technology. 2021 ; Vol. 36, No. 2. pp. 109-127.

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