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Backshoring of production in the context of a small and open Nordic economy

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Backshoring of production in the context of a small and open Nordic economy. / Heikkilä, Jussi; Martinsuo, Miia; Nenonen, Sanna.

julkaisussa: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vuosikerta 29, Nro 4, 05.2018, s. 658-675.

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Heikkilä, Jussi ; Martinsuo, Miia ; Nenonen, Sanna. / Backshoring of production in the context of a small and open Nordic economy. Julkaisussa: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management. 2018 ; Vuosikerta 29, Nro 4. Sivut 658-675.

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