The Peculiarities of SMEs in Europe and Italy: Technology Transfer Policies

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)


This paper aims to review and summarize the theme of technology transfer. Introducing the topic, first of all, the Authors will focus on the peculiarities of Italian small- and medium-sized enterprises. They will begin comparing the productive structure of Italian economy with other countries’; then they will focus on small-sized enterprises and their low innovation and co-operation capabilities. A relevant part of this work will be on the strategic relevance of the technology transfer; finally the authors will describe the role of RIDITT: this acronym stands for Italian Network for Innovation and technology transfer to SMEs.


Technology Transfer Venture Capital Innovation Activity Knowledge Creation Total Factor Productivity Growth 
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We would like to express our special thank to Marco Calabrò and Giancarlo Fiorito for their suggestions. The views expressed in the article are those of the authors and do not involve the responsibility of the institutions in which they work and, as always, the authors of the work are the only responsible for the content of it.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento Ingegneria Chimica Materiali AmbienteUniversità di Roma “Sapienza”RomaItaly
  2. 2.Istituto per la Promozione IndustrialeRomaItaly

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