This paper begins by defining ontology of ICT concepts including virtual organisations, living labs and digital ecosystems in an effort to identify practical answers to the paradox between the traditional disconnected world and collaboratively networked, open, loosely coupled environments. The paper then introduces a framework and case study that devises a new instrument designed to enable organisations in unleashing the power of their ICT infrastructure to take advantage of the values of the globally competitive networks in the 21st Century. The pervasive use of modern infrastructure and collaborative ICT frameworks have the potential to create sustainable multi-organisation, multi-institution, multi-linkage industry and research and development collectives to open up opportunities for the design and development of revolutionary products and services.


ICT, digital ecosystems, living labs, virtual organisation, readiness

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