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The effect of language use on the financial performance of microfinance banks: Evidence from cross-border activities in 74 countries. / Golesorkhi, Sougand; Mersland, Roy; Piekkari, Rebecca; Pishchulov, Grigory; Randøy, Trond.

In: Journal of World Business, Vol. 54, No. 3, 01.04.2019, p. 213-229.

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Golesorkhi, Sougand ; Mersland, Roy ; Piekkari, Rebecca ; Pishchulov, Grigory ; Randøy, Trond. / The effect of language use on the financial performance of microfinance banks: Evidence from cross-border activities in 74 countries. In: Journal of World Business. 2019 ; Vol. 54, No. 3. pp. 213-229.

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