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Tracing the links between absorptive capacity, university knowledge exchange and competitve advantage in SMEs

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Tracing the links between absorptive capacity, university knowledge exchange and competitve advantage in SMEs. / Fogg, Helen.

In: The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2012, p. 35-44.

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Fogg, Helen. / Tracing the links between absorptive capacity, university knowledge exchange and competitve advantage in SMEs. In: The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 2012 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 35-44.

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