Time is of the Essence : Spatiotemporalities of Food Delivery Platform Work in China. / Wu, Philip Fei; Zheng, Yingqin.

Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2020). 2020.

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Time is of the Essence : Spatiotemporalities of Food Delivery Platform Work in China. / Wu, Philip Fei; Zheng, Yingqin.

Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2020). 2020.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Wu PF, Zheng Y. Time is of the Essence: Spatiotemporalities of Food Delivery Platform Work in China. In Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2020). 2020

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Wu, Philip Fei ; Zheng, Yingqin. / Time is of the Essence : Spatiotemporalities of Food Delivery Platform Work in China. Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2020). 2020.

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