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The Wild West, the industrial East and the outlaw. / Parker, Martin.

In: Culture and Organization, Vol. 17, No. 4, 01.09.2011, p. 347-365.

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Parker, Martin. / The Wild West, the industrial East and the outlaw. In: Culture and Organization. 2011 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 347-365.

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