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Organizing work: company magazines and the discipline of safety. / Esbester, Mike.

In: Management and Organizational History, Vol. 3, No. 3-4, 2008, p. 217-237.

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Esbester, M 2008, 'Organizing work: company magazines and the discipline of safety', Management and Organizational History, vol. 3, no. 3-4, pp. 217-237. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744935908094086

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Esbester, Mike. / Organizing work: company magazines and the discipline of safety. In: Management and Organizational History. 2008 ; Vol. 3, No. 3-4. pp. 217-237.

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