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Management Consultants, Systems Development, Power and the Translation of Problems

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Management Consultants, Systems Development, Power and the Translation of Problems. / Bloomfield, Brian; Best, Ardha.

In: The Sociological Review, Vol. 40, No. 3, 08.1992, p. 533-560.

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Bloomfield, Brian ; Best, Ardha. / Management Consultants, Systems Development, Power and the Translation of Problems. In: The Sociological Review. 1992 ; Vol. 40, No. 3. pp. 533-560.

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