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'Whither the Service Class Re-investigating the middle layers of employment in the 21st Century. / Randle, K.R.

University of Hertfordshire, 2003. (Business School Working Papers; Vol. UHBS 2003-11).

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Harvard

Randle, KR 2003 ''Whither the Service Class Re-investigating the middle layers of employment in the 21st Century' Business School Working Papers, vol. UHBS 2003-11, University of Hertfordshire.

APA

Randle, K. R. (2003). 'Whither the Service Class Re-investigating the middle layers of employment in the 21st Century. (Business School Working Papers; Vol. UHBS 2003-11). University of Hertfordshire.

Vancouver

Randle KR. 'Whither the Service Class Re-investigating the middle layers of employment in the 21st Century. University of Hertfordshire. 2003. (Business School Working Papers).

Author

Randle, K.R. / 'Whither the Service Class Re-investigating the middle layers of employment in the 21st Century. University of Hertfordshire, 2003. (Business School Working Papers).

Bibtex

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