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What matters for knowledge work productivity? / Palvalin, Miikka.

In: Employee Relations, Vol. 41, No. 1, 07.01.2019, p. 209-227.

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Palvalin, Miikka. / What matters for knowledge work productivity?. In: Employee Relations. 2019 ; Vol. 41, No. 1. pp. 209-227.

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