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Management issues of co-operative ventures and consortia in the USA. Part one

Library Management 05/2002; 23(4/5):213-226. DOI: 10.1108/01435120210429943

ABSTRACT Discusses the issues that arise in the management of co-operative activities and consortia, and the different skill sets needed. It explores some of the theoretical and real challenges that managers encounter when establishing and maintaining successful co-operative projects and formal consortia programs.

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