Transforming Professional Services to Build Regional Innovation Ecosystems
Sean M. O'Connor
University of Washington School of Law
May 7, 2012
Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Megan M. Carpenter ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012 Forthcoming)
University of Washington School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-07
This book chapter seeks to expand the innovation ecosystems literature to focus on three themes. First, that a broader and deeper account of professional services is required to understand successful innovation ecosystems. Second, that attorneys have a central, yet bifurcated, presence in innovation ecosystems as either specialists or “targeted generalists." And third, that regional professional schools can play a central role in transforming professional services in local economies to provide the necessary innovation ecosystem that will allow (pre)industrial economies to evolve into knowledge economies.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: innovation, entrepreneurship, legal profession, lawyers, law schools, legal education, professional schools, start-up, business, innovation ecosystems, professional servicesAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 8, 2012
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