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Organisational knowledge flows and structural change the case of dispersed education organizations. / Laihonen, Harri; Syysnummi, Pirjo.

In: International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2015, p. 247-260.

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Laihonen, H & Syysnummi, P 2015, 'Organisational knowledge flows and structural change the case of dispersed education organizations', International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 247-260. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJKMS.2015.072711

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Laihonen, H., & Syysnummi, P. (2015). Organisational knowledge flows and structural change the case of dispersed education organizations. International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 6(3), 247-260. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJKMS.2015.072711

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Laihonen H, Syysnummi P. Organisational knowledge flows and structural change the case of dispersed education organizations. International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies. 2015;6(3):247-260. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJKMS.2015.072711

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Laihonen, Harri ; Syysnummi, Pirjo. / Organisational knowledge flows and structural change the case of dispersed education organizations. In: International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies. 2015 ; Vol. 6, No. 3. pp. 247-260.

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