University of Maine at Presque Isle
Absorptive capacity plays a key role in determining firms' capability to access and make use of external knowledge. However, little evidence has been provided about this important determinant of knowledge acquisition in the SMEs context. This paper investigates the importance of absorptive capacity created and accumulated in R&D efforts and in qualified human resources, on SMEs' capabilities to collaborate with other firms, with universities and with technology transfer centers. The empirical evidence is based on a survey of interviews with 276 manufacturing SMEs located in the Lombardy region (Italy).