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Replaced by a Robot: Service Implications in the Age of the Machine

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Replaced by a Robot : Service Implications in the Age of the Machine. / McLeay, Fraser; Yoganathan, Vignesh; Osburg, Victoria Sophie et al.

In: Journal of Service Research, Vol. 24, No. 1, 01.02.2021, p. 104-121.

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McLeay, F, Yoganathan, V, Osburg, VS & Patterson, A 2021, 'Replaced by a Robot: Service Implications in the Age of the Machine', Journal of Service Research, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 104-121. https://doi.org/10.1177/1094670520933354

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McLeay, F., Yoganathan, V., Osburg, V. S., & Patterson, A. (2021). Replaced by a Robot: Service Implications in the Age of the Machine. Journal of Service Research, 24(1), 104-121. https://doi.org/10.1177/1094670520933354

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McLeay F, Yoganathan V, Osburg VS, Patterson A. Replaced by a Robot: Service Implications in the Age of the Machine. Journal of Service Research. 2021 Feb 1;24(1):104-121. Epub 2020 Jun 29. doi: 10.1177/1094670520933354

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McLeay, Fraser ; Yoganathan, Vignesh ; Osburg, Victoria Sophie et al. / Replaced by a Robot : Service Implications in the Age of the Machine. In: Journal of Service Research. 2021 ; Vol. 24, No. 1. pp. 104-121.

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