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National policies as drivers of organizational change in universities: A string of reinforcing reforms

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National policies as drivers of organizational change in universities: A string of reinforcing reforms. / Stage, Andreas Kjær; Aagaard, Kaare.

I: Quantitative Science Studies, Bind 1, Nr. 2, 2020, s. 849-871.

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Stage, Andreas Kjær ; Aagaard, Kaare. / National policies as drivers of organizational change in universities: A string of reinforcing reforms. I: Quantitative Science Studies. 2020 ; Bind 1, Nr. 2. s. 849-871.

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