Flexibility in the Gig Economy: Managing Time on Three Online Piecework Platforms

@article{Lehdonvirta2018FlexibilityIT,
  title={Flexibility in the Gig Economy: Managing Time on Three Online Piecework Platforms},
  author={Vili Lehdonvirta},
  journal={Individual Issues \& Organizational Behavior eJournal},
  year={2018}
}
  • Vili Lehdonvirta
  • Published 10 January 2018
  • Business
  • Individual Issues & Organizational Behavior eJournal
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