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Path creation in the software industry: The case of the Software AG

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Path creation in the software industry : The case of the Software AG. / Leimbach, Timo.

In: IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2017, p. 59-80.

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Leimbach, Timo. / Path creation in the software industry : The case of the Software AG. In: IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. 2017 ; Vol. 39, No. 4. pp. 59-80.

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