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External Knowledge, Territorial Inertia And Local Development: An Exploratory Case Study, Francesca Cabiddu, Daniela Pettinao Sep 2012

External Knowledge, Territorial Inertia And Local Development: An Exploratory Case Study, Francesca Cabiddu, Daniela Pettinao

Francesca Cabiddu

This study examines the relationship between an entrepreneur’s absorptive capacity, the spiral of knowledge and local development. Although a great number of theoretical and empirical studies have pointed out the importance of local networking and informal contacts when spreading knowledge locally, very few of them provide robust evidence on the role of the entrepreneur’s absorptive capacity and external knowledge in local development. This paper tries to explain the reasons why this problem can no longer be ignored and provides a preliminary examination, through an exploratory case study, of the role that the entrepreneur’s absorptive capacity and external ...