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Understanding the use of forecasting software: an interpretive study in a supply-chain company

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Understanding the use of forecasting software: an interpretive study in a supply-chain company. / Goodwin, P; Lee, W Y; Fildes, R A et al.

Lancaster University : The Department of Management Science, 2006. (Management Science Working Paper Series).

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Goodwin, P, Lee, WY, Fildes, RA, Nikolopoulos, K & Lawrence, M 2006 'Understanding the use of forecasting software: an interpretive study in a supply-chain company' Management Science Working Paper Series, The Department of Management Science, Lancaster University.

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Goodwin, P., Lee, W. Y., Fildes, R. A., Nikolopoulos, K., & Lawrence, M. (2006). Understanding the use of forecasting software: an interpretive study in a supply-chain company. (Management Science Working Paper Series). The Department of Management Science.

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Goodwin P, Lee WY, Fildes RA, Nikolopoulos K, Lawrence M. Understanding the use of forecasting software: an interpretive study in a supply-chain company. Lancaster University: The Department of Management Science. 2006. (Management Science Working Paper Series).

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Goodwin, P ; Lee, W Y ; Fildes, R A et al. / Understanding the use of forecasting software: an interpretive study in a supply-chain company. Lancaster University : The Department of Management Science, 2006. (Management Science Working Paper Series).

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