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Counting sleep: Ambiguity, aspirational control and the politics of digital self-tracking at work

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Counting sleep : Ambiguity, aspirational control and the politics of digital self-tracking at work. / Elmholdt, Kasper Trolle; Elmholdt, Claus; Haahr, Lars.

In: Organization, Vol. 28, No. 1, 01.2021, p. 164-185.

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Elmholdt KT, Elmholdt C, Haahr L. Counting sleep: Ambiguity, aspirational control and the politics of digital self-tracking at work. Organization. 2021 Jan;28(1):164-185. doi: 10.1177/1350508420970475

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Elmholdt, Kasper Trolle ; Elmholdt, Claus ; Haahr, Lars. / Counting sleep : Ambiguity, aspirational control and the politics of digital self-tracking at work. In: Organization. 2021 ; Vol. 28, No. 1. pp. 164-185.

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