This chapter distills the arguments and evidence from the previous eight chapters in this book. Adopting an approach rooted in evolutionary economics, the chapter first examines the processes of firm-level capability building that lie at the heart of the book. The chapter then moves on to consider the inter-organizational relationships that are most often associated with firm-level capability building in different contexts. Finally, the wider institutional context of the environment for innovative firms is analyzed, including the role of policy and relationships between firms and policy-makers. It is established that there exist a variety of paths to capability building and that it may not be possible to predict in advance the exact nature of a successful path or the form that it will take. However, successful paths invariably depend on the constructive co-evolution of firms and their wider environment (including the policy environment).
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