'Chicken and Duck Talk' : Life and Death of Language Training at a Japanese Multinational in China. / Zheng, Yu; Smith, Christopher.

In: Work, Employment & Society, Vol. 32, No. 5, 01.10.2018, p. 887-905.

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'Chicken and Duck Talk' : Life and Death of Language Training at a Japanese Multinational in China. / Zheng, Yu; Smith, Christopher.

In: Work, Employment & Society, Vol. 32, No. 5, 01.10.2018, p. 887-905.

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