In the Lab: An Agile approach to community engagement

The Business Insights Lab (BIL) is the only space on the University campus dedicated to ‘discovery-led collaboration’, an approach that is delivering workable results for a range of initiatives. Community engagement and development is a fast-growing focus area for the University itself, and we are seeing more and more groups eager to tackle their most […]

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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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‘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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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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CoDE on the Road: Digital Transformation 2017

The broader impact and influence of CoDE’s work reaches beyond Surrey’s boundaries and into the wider worlds of business and academia. Alan Brown, Executive Director of CoDE and Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation here at Surrey, delivered an invited workshop on ‘A Leader’s Guide to Understanding New Business Models in the Digital Economy’ this week […]

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‘The A-Z of the Digital Economy’: Watch it here

The CoDE team has just spent some time filming ‘The A-Z of the Digital Economy’, bringing Digital to life for a host of prospective students, and for businesses with valuable potential links with Surrey Business School (SBS). You can see the film here on our homepage, either in its entirety, or by clicking on the […]

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Go Digital in One Easy Step

Starting right now, you can sign up for CoDE’s weekly news digests: be the first to know what our digital experts are thinking about and experimenting with; read the articles, links, and issues we are flagging up, along with our summaries and comment; and find out about the solutions we are testing that may give […]

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How to Fight ‘VUCA’: We launch our secret weapon

Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. ‘VUCA’ is the defining symbol of the Digital Economy. The Business insights Lab is a unique resource that helps us – collaboratively — to define, interpret, and navigate the digital landscape: from obstacles to opportunities; from old habits to new models; from disruption to new connections; from confusion to clarity and […]

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Stephan Thoma Joins CoDE

We are thrilled to welcome Stephan Thoma to the CoDE team, as Visiting Professor of Management Practice in the Business School’s new Department of Digital Economy.  Stephan is formerly Senior Director of Global Learning and Development at Google (‘Google University’). Now, he has founded Samphire Learning Solutions, a consultancy working with a range of organizations […]

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Happy Experimenting!

By Professor Alan W Brown Over the past few months at Surrey CoDE we have spent a great deal of time working with businesses from many domains who are looking to understand their capacity for new product creation, to develop their potential for innovative thinking, and to shorten the time from ideas into value. For […]

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Which Pill Makes Us Digital?

There’s a reason we call the modern era of sweeping change and uncertainty the Digital Economy – not Digital Technology. Lots of organisations are realising that they must now ‘re-tread’ their whole business – not just their technology. Mind-set, decision-making, organisational structure, technology, core competency in their workforce – IT change without business change equals […]

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‘Innovation Management’: Themes and issues

CoDE was delighted to welcome back Simon Hill of innovation management platform Wazoku, as part of a Masters module on “Innovation Management”. The theme was The Challenges of Leading Innovation in a Digital Economy. Co-delivering with Alan Brown, Simon discussed some of his key entrepreneurial lessons, his experiences as an early founder of Huddle, and […]

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Digital Innovation in Veterinary Medicine: CoDE, Zoetis and vHive

The recent revolutionary changes in data-management practices in livestock farming, driven by the continued intensification of livestock farming alongside the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), is another example of how the rapid technological advances that characterise the Digital Economy are changing the face of another business sector. CoDE is as ever at […]

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Postcards from the Edge: Life in digital entrepreneurship

Make a good product. Market it. Sell it. Make money. Seems pretty straightforward, right? DEAL Day 4 hit the ground running, with a full-on day ‘behind the scenes’ of digital entrepreneurship and innovation. The bizarre and cutthroat world of pitching, funding, and acquisition was a complete revelation to most, with David Plans and Alan Brown […]

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‘DEAL’: Digital education for startups

‘A great first day of the DEAL workshops. A very useful and provocative intro from David Plans, some Digital Economy “ducking and diving” from Alan Brown, then a really wonderful seminar and workshop from Annabelle Gawer for the rest of the day, exploring the changing nature of value and ecosystems due to Digital Platforms. A […]

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Business Model Insights: Lessons for Tech Startups

The nature, scope, and impact of innovation is changing. Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, says that the dominance of large companies over small companies is over and in today’s business world “it is fast fish which eats the slow fish”. But what is an effective innovation strategy for the digital economy? And […]

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‘A Business within a Business’: Digital Banking

The CoDE team’s latest exploratory discussion was with a well-known French multinational bank and financial services company, to find out how CoDE’s unique blend of ‘on it’ and ‘in it’ could add value to a financial institution with an eye for digital innovation in banking. As Professor Alan Brown, co-director of CoDE, explained, ‘There’s a […]

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Digital Entrepreneurship Advanced Lab

At CoDE, we believe that vacation is for those who can afford to stand still. While everyone else goes on holiday, we’ll be in the Business insights Lab as usual, plotting and scheming and generally solving the world’s digital problems before the world knows it has them. Make your summer count too: unlock the Digital […]

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‘Digital Skills for the Agile Enterprise’

Don’t miss the chance to get stuck in and have fun with the CoDE team on 10th May, as we host a workshop focused on Digital Skills for the Agile Enterprise. Organizations today feel mounting pressure to respond more quickly to their customer and broader stakeholder needs. Not only is the drive for increased business […]

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Trust and Vulnerability in a Digital Economy

The CoDE Team is thrilled to report that we have received approval for funding the EPSRC project we submitted at the end of last year to the Trust, Identity, Privacy, and Security (TIPS) call. This was a proposal involving Warwick, Cambridge, West of England, and Surrey to the amount of over £1.2M over 24 months. […]

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