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Performing a myth to make a market : The construction of the ‘magical world’ of Santa. / Palo, Teea; Mason, Katy; Roscoe, Philip John.

In: Organization Studies, Vol. 41, No. 1, 01.01.2020, p. 53-75.

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Palo, T, Mason, K & Roscoe, PJ 2020, 'Performing a myth to make a market: The construction of the ‘magical world’ of Santa', Organization Studies, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 53-75. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840618789192

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Palo, T., Mason, K., & Roscoe, P. J. (2020). Performing a myth to make a market: The construction of the ‘magical world’ of Santa. Organization Studies, 41(1), 53-75. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840618789192

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Palo T, Mason K, Roscoe PJ. Performing a myth to make a market: The construction of the ‘magical world’ of Santa. Organization Studies. 2020 Jan 1;41(1):53-75. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840618789192

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Palo, Teea ; Mason, Katy ; Roscoe, Philip John. / Performing a myth to make a market : The construction of the ‘magical world’ of Santa. In: Organization Studies. 2020 ; Vol. 41, No. 1. pp. 53-75.

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