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New insights into the internationalization of producer services: Organizational strategies and spatial economies for global headhunting firms

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New insights into the internationalization of producer services : Organizational strategies and spatial economies for global headhunting firms. / Faulconbridge, James R.; Hall, Sarah; Beaverstock, Jonathan V.

In: Environment and Planning A, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2008, p. 210-234.

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Faulconbridge, James R. ; Hall, Sarah ; Beaverstock, Jonathan V. / New insights into the internationalization of producer services : Organizational strategies and spatial economies for global headhunting firms. In: Environment and Planning A. 2008 ; Vol. 40, No. 1. pp. 210-234.

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