Making and Breaking the Manual: - A Case of Tests and Rapport in an Interdisciplinary Team

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Making and Breaking the Manual : - A Case of Tests and Rapport in an Interdisciplinary Team. / Ilkjaer, Helene; Madsen, Mette My.

In: Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2020, p. 173-188.

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Ilkjaer, Helene ; Madsen, Mette My. / Making and Breaking the Manual : - A Case of Tests and Rapport in an Interdisciplinary Team. In: Journal of Organizational Ethnography. 2020 ; Vol. 9, No. 2. pp. 173-188.

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