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Mobilizing Knowledge in Frontline Work: A Conceptual Framework and Empirical Exploration

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Mobilizing Knowledge in Frontline Work : A Conceptual Framework and Empirical Exploration. / Møller, Anne Mette.

In: Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Vol. 5, No. 1, 023, 03.2022, p. 50-62.

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Møller, AM 2022, 'Mobilizing Knowledge in Frontline Work: A Conceptual Framework and Empirical Exploration', Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, vol. 5, no. 1, 023, pp. 50-62. https://doi.org/10.1093/ppmgov/gvab023

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Møller, Anne Mette. / Mobilizing Knowledge in Frontline Work : A Conceptual Framework and Empirical Exploration. In: Perspectives on Public Management and Governance. 2022 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 50-62.

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