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Use of services to support the business of a project-based firm. / Kujala, Jaakko; Ahola, Tuomas; Huikuri, Satu.

In: International Journal of Project Management, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2013, p. 177-189.

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Kujala, J, Ahola, T & Huikuri, S 2013, 'Use of services to support the business of a project-based firm', International Journal of Project Management, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 177-189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.07.007

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Kujala, J., Ahola, T., & Huikuri, S. (2013). Use of services to support the business of a project-based firm. International Journal of Project Management, 31(2), 177-189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.07.007

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Kujala J, Ahola T, Huikuri S. Use of services to support the business of a project-based firm. International Journal of Project Management. 2013;31(2):177-189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.07.007

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Kujala, Jaakko ; Ahola, Tuomas ; Huikuri, Satu. / Use of services to support the business of a project-based firm. In: International Journal of Project Management. 2013 ; Vol. 31, No. 2. pp. 177-189.

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