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Something happened: spectres of organization/disorganization at the airport

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Something happened : spectres of organization/disorganization at the airport. / Knox, Hannah; O'Doherty, Damian; Vurdubakis, Theodore; Westrup, Chris.

In: Human Relations, Vol. 68, No. 6, 06.2015, p. 1001-1020.

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Knox, H, O'Doherty, D, Vurdubakis, T & Westrup, C 2015, 'Something happened: spectres of organization/disorganization at the airport', Human Relations, vol. 68, no. 6, pp. 1001-1020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726714550257

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Knox, Hannah ; O'Doherty, Damian ; Vurdubakis, Theodore ; Westrup, Chris. / Something happened : spectres of organization/disorganization at the airport. In: Human Relations. 2015 ; Vol. 68, No. 6. pp. 1001-1020.

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