The Materiality of Absence : Organizing and the case of the incomplete cathedral. / Giovannoni, Elena; Quattrone, Paolo.

In: Organization Studies, Vol. 39, No. 7, 01.07.2018, p. 849-871.

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In: Organization Studies, Vol. 39, No. 7, 01.07.2018, p. 849-871.

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