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Narrowing down accountability through performance monitoring technology : e-government in Greece.

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Narrowing down accountability through performance monitoring technology : e-government in Greece. / Petrakaki, Dimitra; Hayes, Niall; Introna, Lucas.

In: Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2009, p. 160-179.

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Petrakaki D, Hayes N, Introna L. Narrowing down accountability through performance monitoring technology : e-government in Greece. Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management. 2009;6(3):160-179. doi: 10.1108/11766090910973911

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Petrakaki, Dimitra ; Hayes, Niall ; Introna, Lucas. / Narrowing down accountability through performance monitoring technology : e-government in Greece. In: Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management. 2009 ; Vol. 6, No. 3. pp. 160-179.

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