Asleep at the Wheel? Startups, disruption, and corporate giants

By Jill Juergensen Whether Hewlett-Packard, AirBnB or Uber – start-ups disrupt the global organisational landscape, making consumers’ lives easier whilst causing headaches for large organisations and investors. Of course, none of these organisations can still be considered a ‘start-up’, but we do well to remember that this is in fact their provenance:  Sheryl Sandberg, COO […]

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Distributed Ledger Technology: Applications and implications

Is there anything blockchain can’t do? There’s a good reason to ask. CoDE’s Prof Roger Maull, Dr Phil Godsiff, Prof Alan Brown and Dr Beth Kewell have just published a seminal article with cryptocurrency expert Dr Cathy Mulligan of Imperial College, London, in the journal Strategic Change. ‘Distributed Ledger Technology: Applications and implications’ is significant […]

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The Academy of Management, Big Data and Surrey in April 2018

Digital Platforms guru Annabelle Gawer reports in from the Academy of Management (AOM) in Atlanta, where she gave two presentations: one at a Professional Development Workshop on Open Innovation, and another on Platforms and Ecosystems. High on the agenda was the progress and development of the AOM Specialized Conference on Big Data and Managing in a […]

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Strategy in a Digital World: Have the Basic Principles Changed?

By Professor Alan W Brown and Dr Ben Shenoy An article from a few years ago by Steve Denning contained an analysis of why Porter’s consulting company, Monitor, collapsed in a heap in 2012 with unpaid debts. The article questions Porter’s work and the relevance of “5 Forces” to a digital economy, and is rather […]

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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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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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‘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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‘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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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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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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Platforms: The heart of our new-design MBA

In the digital economy, platforms are becoming an essential part of how we do business. At the Digital Economy Department in the Surrey Business School, we’re among the first to put platform strategy at the centre of business education. Our new ‘Digital Platforms and Business Model Strategies’ module is a key offering in the new-design […]

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What Does ENDuRE Teach Us about the Digital Economy?

The digital economy is growing fast, changing the game all over the world. The UK and Europe are struggling to keep at the forefront of this digital revolution. This is where the ENDuRE programme can play a significant role in helping European digital businesses thrive. ENDuRE –the European Network of Design for Resilient Entrepreneurship — […]

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Digital Business in 2017: Changing the face of change

  By Professor Alan W Brown 2016 was a turbulent, confusing year. Instability, unpredictability, and disruption were the bywords, pushing individuals and businesses towards an exhausting end to an eventful year. For many it seemed like the very cornerstones of business and society have been turned upside down in a post-truth world where the concept […]

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Three Stages of Sustainability: Which one is your business?

In recent years, concerns over social injustice and environmental degradation have come only second to economic recession as amongst the ills besetting society. In 1994, assigning equivalence to each of these foci – People, Planet, Profit – John Elkington coined the term the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ to promote a greater organisational awareness of and responsibility […]

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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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