Anti-identity strategizing: The dynamic interplay of “who we are” and “who we are not”

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Anti-identity strategizing : The dynamic interplay of “who we are” and “who we are not”. / Stanske, Sarah; Rauch, Madeleine; Canato, Anna.

in: Strategic Organization, Jahrgang 18, Nr. 1, 01.02.2020, S. 136-170.

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