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Understanding innovation in practice: a discussion of the production and re-production of Nordic Walking. / Pantzar, Mika; Shove, Elizabeth.

In: Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2010, p. 447-461.

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Pantzar, Mika ; Shove, Elizabeth. / Understanding innovation in practice: a discussion of the production and re-production of Nordic Walking. In: Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. 2010 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 447-461.

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