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Socially responsible sourcing : reviewing the literature and its use of theory. / Zorzini, Marta; Hendry, Linda; Huq, Fahian; Stevenson, Mark.

In: International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2015.

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Zorzini, M, Hendry, L, Huq, F & Stevenson, M 2015, 'Socially responsible sourcing: reviewing the literature and its use of theory', International Journal of Operations and Production Management, vol. 35, no. 1.

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Zorzini, M., Hendry, L., Huq, F., & Stevenson, M. (2015). Socially responsible sourcing: reviewing the literature and its use of theory. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 35(1).

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Zorzini M, Hendry L, Huq F, Stevenson M. Socially responsible sourcing: reviewing the literature and its use of theory. International Journal of Operations and Production Management. 2015;35(1).

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Zorzini, Marta ; Hendry, Linda ; Huq, Fahian ; Stevenson, Mark. / Socially responsible sourcing : reviewing the literature and its use of theory. In: International Journal of Operations and Production Management. 2015 ; Vol. 35, No. 1.

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