Small Business and Social Irresponsibility in Developing Countries : Working Conditions and “Evasion” Institutional Work. / Soundararajan, Vivek; Spence, Laura; Rees, Christopher.

In: Business and Society, Vol. 57, No. 7, 01.09.2018, p. 1301-1336.

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Small Business and Social Irresponsibility in Developing Countries : Working Conditions and “Evasion” Institutional Work. / Soundararajan, Vivek; Spence, Laura; Rees, Christopher.

In: Business and Society, Vol. 57, No. 7, 01.09.2018, p. 1301-1336.

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