DESIGN AND HETEROGENEOUS ENGINEERING: TOWARD AN ACTOR NETWORK PERSPECTIVE ON DESIGN'

Niels Christian Nickelsen, Thomas Binder

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Udgivelsesdato: 2008
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftArtifact
Vol/bind2
Udgave nummer3-4
ISSN1749-3463
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StatusUdgivet - 2008

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