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Exploring linkages between organisational culture and gender equality work: An ethnography of a multinational engineering company

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Exploring linkages between organisational culture and gender equality work : An ethnography of a multinational engineering company. / Høg Utoft, Ea.

I: Evaluation and Program Planning, Bind 79, 101791, 04.2020.

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