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Psychosocial factors influencing the experience of sustainability professionals. / Andrews, Nadine.

In: Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2017, p. 445-469.

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Andrews, N 2017, 'Psychosocial factors influencing the experience of sustainability professionals', Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 445-469. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAMPJ-09-2015-0080

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Andrews, Nadine. / Psychosocial factors influencing the experience of sustainability professionals. In: Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 8, No. 4. pp. 445-469.

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