Forbes contributor Mark Cohen explains how boundaries across industries and geographies are melting away as technological advances enable “new delivery models to transcend traditional divides” making collaboration essential for competitiveness. He says the legal industry has been slow to pick up the collaboration baton compared to other professional services providers, arguing that the sector’s resistance is rooted in the misconceived stereotype that lawyers are combative, cut-throat and aggressive. Cohen concludes that collaboration is considered as lost revenue, not an opportunity to advance client value and result, and that, in sum, “lawyers are trained to be insular and inward-facing, not multidisciplinary and collaborative.”

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