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Title: R&D Integration: How to Build A Diverse and Integrated Knowledge Community.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology Annual Conference held August 4-9, 2007 in Portland, OR.
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United States

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Jordan, Gretchen B., Hage, Jerald, and Mote, Jonathan. R&D Integration: How to Build A Diverse and Integrated Knowledge Community.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Jordan, Gretchen B., Hage, Jerald, & Mote, Jonathan. R&D Integration: How to Build A Diverse and Integrated Knowledge Community.. United States.
Jordan, Gretchen B., Hage, Jerald, and Mote, Jonathan. Tue . "R&D Integration: How to Build A Diverse and Integrated Knowledge Community.". United States. doi:.
title = {R&D Integration: How to Build A Diverse and Integrated Knowledge Community.},
author = {Jordan, Gretchen B. and Hage, Jerald and Mote, Jonathan},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Tue May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007}

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