European Collaborative Networked Organizations Leadership Initiative
Evropska inicijativa za vodenje sodelujočih mrežnih organizacij

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from 01.04.2004 to 30.06.2008


Nada Lavrač, Mitja Jermol

ECOLEAD, aims to create strong foundations and mechanisms needed to establish the most advanced collaborative and network-based industry society in Europe:

  •  In ten years most enterprises will be part of some sustainable collaborative networks that will act as breeding environments for the formation of dynamic virtual organizations in response to fast changing market conditions.
  • The fundamental assumption in ECOLEAD is that a substantial impact in materialising networked collaborative business ecosystems requires holistic approach.

Area’s complexity and the multiple inter-dependencies among the involved business entities, social actors, and technologies, substantial breakthroughs cannot be achieved with incremental innovation in isolated areas. On the other hand, project plans must remain manageable. Thus ECOLEAD addresses the most fundamental and inter-related focus areas, which form the basis for dynamic and sustainable-networked organizations: the VO Breeding Environments, Dynamic Virtual Organizations and Professional Virtual Communities.

In addition to these three vertical focus areas, the holistic approach is reinforced and sustained on two horizontal areas: the theoretical foundation for collaborative networks and the horizontal ICT infrastructure. The horizontal activities support and affect all three vertical focus areas. The theoretical foundation shall provide the basis for technology-independent understanding of the area and its phenomena. The existence of an invisible, low-cost ICT infrastructure is a pre-condition for the establishment of truly dynamic collaborative networks.

ECOLEAD is expected to impact industrial competitiveness and societal mechanisms, by providing means to effectively exploit opportunities deriving from the deployment of VOs, and by designing and enabling new professional work paradigms, capable of enacting the knowledge-based society throughout Europe.