Karl Marx, Platforms, and the Gig Economy

In which Our Man returns from Venice, talking about data and ownership and platforms, to find the world turned upside down in a manner similar to the effect achieved by Damien Hirst in his exhibition entitled “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” in which nothing is quite what it seems to be. By Dr […]

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The Ecology of Technology: Should robots pay taxes?

How Tax Policy Favours Robots over Workers and What to do About it There is a longstanding and growing public debate about the costs and benefits of automation. Earlier this year, Bill Gates argued that robots who take human jobs should pay taxes (link to: https://qz.com/911968/bill-gates-the-robot-that-takes-your-job-should-pay-taxes/.) Mark Zuckerberg recently warned the graduating class at Harvard […]

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Swept Away by Digital Media: ‘Immersions’ opening night

When they hand you 3D glasses on your way in, you know it’s going to be a good party. ‘Immersions’, an exhibition at the Lewis Elton Gallery on the Surrey campus, was a collaboration of artists, designers and engineers working on the future of film, photography and sound recording. According to CoDE’s Professor David Frohlich, […]

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Digital Strategy Labs: Shaping Surrey’s digital future

In the Business Insights Lab (BIL), we’ve been putting Collaborative Discovery to work to help Surrey navigate the digital jungle. How do you forge a strategy for a digital future in higher education, when technology is unpredictable, budgets are tight, and every prediction is still a guess? What should our priorities be as an institution? […]

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LEADERSHIP IN FAR-FROM-STABLE TIMES

By Jon Teckman,  Senior Teaching Fellow at Surrey Business School and Director of the Leadership Development Series.  “Strong and stable” or a “coalition of chaos”?  These were the options put before the British people in the recent General Election.  Now the people have spoken – and it appears they are not mad keen on either option, stripping […]

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‘From Goldman to Google’: Culture change in a Digital Economy

A recent workshop with a team from the UK’s leading specialist resourcing and consultancy firm in governance, compliance and complaints has got us thinking about the issue of how to go about changing an organisation’s culture. Much in the way that IT has come out of its separate ‘tech’ sphere, and taken a seat at […]

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Audio Commons: Digital transformation in the sound industry

This week in the Business Insights Lab, we’ll be finding out more about CoDE’s ongoing EU funded project on the Audio Commons. Dr David Plans, Dr Milosz Miszczynski and Dr Carla Bonina are hosting a session to discuss the development of business models in this area, with partners from the project and a few MBA […]

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CoDE on the Road: ‘Blockchain for Good’ at techUK

What is the role for Blockchain Technologies in helping address the world’s global challenges? How can NGOs, charities and other third sector organizations exploit and capitalise on the potential of Blockchain Technology to deliver on their social and environmental agendas? CoDE was delighted to sponsor ‘Blockchain for Good’ (B4G) recently at techUK. It was a […]

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‘The Art of the Impossible’:  Digital transformation for industry

CoDE just hosted a Digital Strategy Day in the Business Insights Lab for a team from a big name in the oil and gas industry. ‘The art of the impossible’ is how the company’s team leader framed the search for the truly unique and unlikely ideas that could transform both their industry, and how the […]

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In the Lab: The challenges of Widening Participation

Important KPIs in our Access Agreement with HEFCE mean that a broad range of departments here at Surrey are drawing together ‘to discuss current initiatives to address differential performance of disadvantaged Widening Participation (WP) groups’. The Business insights Lab was overflowing recently as Dr Ben Shenoy ran a Lab focused on broadening the reach of […]

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‘Wake-Up Design’:  Design thinking in business strategy

The Business Insights Lab here at Surrey was packed on Star Wars Day, with attendees from academic institutions, business- and growth- hubs, SMEs, LEs, interactive studios, and more for Oxford Innovation Services’ ‘Wake-Up Design’ conference. In keeping with the intergalactic theme, moderator Lukasz Liebersbach framed the role of design like ‘the Force’: powerful, but invisible. […]

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From Insight to Outcome: Hidden opportunities in data analytics

CoDE attended the latest industry-led research colloquium in Business Analytics recently, presented by data analytics expert Dr Aisha Naseer of Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe (FLE) Limited and Sahara Innovations Limited. The ‘data deluge’ is overwhelming organisations’ and institutions’ capacity to tackle, manage and transform the sheer volumes of data at play, without compromising the efficiency […]

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Blockchain: Measuring impacts in the worldwide food system

  By Dr Phil Godsiff In which Our Man in Europe stays home, but goes global. Notwithstanding essential nourishment, the pleasure of “commensality”, and chocolate for Easter eggs, recent estimates show that globally we waste 30% of food produced, and in the developed West that figure is even higher.  Further, we know that food consumed […]

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CoDE’s Research Wins: Impacting the Future of the World Economy

BREAKING NEWS…..The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) recently issued a major call for proposals, offering research funding for feasibility studies providing insights into the application of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), and bringing focus to academic research in this area.  We are delighted that both of CoDE’s EPSRC DLT bids, CoMEHeRe and Archangel, have […]

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CoDE on the Road: In Boston to talk blockchain and boundaries

By Dr Phil Godsiff A (long) while ago there was a series of cartoons in the now defunct Punch magazine.  In one, we see a confused Stone Age man staring at an inexplicable object in his path.  His first question to the man facing him is: “What is this prickly wire-and-air barrier?”  In the next […]

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Impact Update: 3 streams of experimentation

  An integral part of CoDE and the wider Business School, the Business Insights Lab (BiL) is the home of a process we call Discovery-Led Collaboration that blends research, education, problem-solving and brokering.  This is experimentation for business, and it folds in enterprises large & small, the wider community, researchers and students. Three distinct flavours […]

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Infrastructure: Digital disruption is coming

CoDE just attended a talk on ‘Transformation in Infrastructure: Digital and Smart Infrastructure’ by Mark Enzer, Group Technical Director at Mott MacDonald. This is particularly interesting for CoDE because of the implications for enterprise education, new models for the design and delivery of large infrastructure projects (e.g. roads, airports, hospitals, oil rigs), and research. Mark […]

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UK Government ‘Digital Reboot’: The end of the beginning?

The last few weeks have seen the release of a flurry of new documents aimed at stimulating the digital economy and accelerating adoption of digital technologies. Discussion within and across government has resulted in a series of new digital government initiatives – not just the aims, ambitions and methods for the UK’s economy, but also […]

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DesignScapes: Our winning bid for Design-Enabled Innovation

Cities are canvases for innovative interactions and relationships: Creative industries flock to urban environments, taking the advantage of shared knowledge and a density of specialised and potential customers, suppliers, designers and workers to create new tools, instruments, technologies, methods, products and services; Innovation processes in cities benefit from the diversity in urban environments, providing a […]

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Lessons from the Top: Jonny Tooze on digital leadership

Photo: Prof Alex Gerbasi of CLDM and Prof Annabelle Gawer of CoDE CoDE was delighted to co-sponsor a fascinating talk by Jonny Tooze, Founder and MD of LAB, recently. We joined with Surrey Business School’s Centre for Leadership and Decision Making (CLDM) to foster our joint interest in equipping businesses and leaders for the volatile […]

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