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Original innovation, learnt innovation and cities : evidence from UK SMEs. / Lee, Neil; Rodriguez-Pose, Andres.

In: Urban Studies, Vol. 50, No. 9, 07.2013, p. 1742-1759.

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Lee, Neil ; Rodriguez-Pose, Andres. / Original innovation, learnt innovation and cities : evidence from UK SMEs. In: Urban Studies. 2013 ; Vol. 50, No. 9. pp. 1742-1759.

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