A Critical Systems View of Power-Ethics Interactions in Information Systems Evaluation. / Córdoba-Pachón, José-Rodrigo .

In: Information Resources Management Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, 01.04.2007, p. 74-89.

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A Critical Systems View of Power-Ethics Interactions in Information Systems Evaluation. / Córdoba-Pachón, José-Rodrigo .

In: Information Resources Management Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, 01.04.2007, p. 74-89.

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