This book developed a genealogical approach by analyzing data that trace the founding affiliation of 731 firms in the Israeli information technology and communication (ITC) sector. In describing the growth of the ITC sector from a genealogical perspective, it expanded on the cluster approach for explaining the dynamics of industry emergence and growth, and focused on the founding process of the sector's firms. This chapter summarizes the major concepts and provides ideas for further research. It addresses the key topics covered in the book: those that consist of the major components of the genealogical perspective—imprinting, heredity, and potency. It then offers a concise conceptual framework of the genealogical approach and suggests several possibilities for future study. It concludes by suggesting that the Israeli ITC sector evolved as a result of complex institutional environments and intra-genealogical processes that influenced the trajectory paths of the various genealogies.
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