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Are there language markers of hubris in CEO letters to shareholders?

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Are there language markers of hubris in CEO letters to shareholders? / Craig, Russell; Amernic, Joel.

In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 149, No. 4, 06.2018, p. 973-986.

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Craig, R & Amernic, J 2018, 'Are there language markers of hubris in CEO letters to shareholders?', Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 149, no. 4, pp. 973-986. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-016-3100-3

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Craig, R., & Amernic, J. (2018). Are there language markers of hubris in CEO letters to shareholders? Journal of Business Ethics, 149(4), 973-986. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-016-3100-3

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Craig R, Amernic J. Are there language markers of hubris in CEO letters to shareholders? Journal of Business Ethics. 2018 Jun;149(4):973-986. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-016-3100-3

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Craig, Russell ; Amernic, Joel. / Are there language markers of hubris in CEO letters to shareholders?. In: Journal of Business Ethics. 2018 ; Vol. 149, No. 4. pp. 973-986.

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