Working for two bosses : Student interns as constrained labour in China. / Smith, Chris; Chan, Jenny.

In: Human Relations, Vol. 68, No. 2, 01.02.2015, p. 305–326.

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Working for two bosses : Student interns as constrained labour in China. / Smith, Chris; Chan, Jenny.

In: Human Relations, Vol. 68, No. 2, 01.02.2015, p. 305–326.

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Smith, Chris ; Chan, Jenny. / Working for two bosses : Student interns as constrained labour in China. In: Human Relations. 2015 ; Vol. 68, No. 2. pp. 305–326.

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