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Title: The Necessity of Knowledge Management.


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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 GLOBAL 2015 held September 20-24, 2015 in Paris, France.
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United States

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Appel, Gordon John, and McMahon, Kevin A. The Necessity of Knowledge Management.. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Appel, Gordon John, & McMahon, Kevin A. The Necessity of Knowledge Management.. United States.
Appel, Gordon John, and McMahon, Kevin A. Sun . "The Necessity of Knowledge Management.". United States. doi:.
title = {The Necessity of Knowledge Management.},
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year = {Sun Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2015},
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