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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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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Three Conferences and a Newspaper: Professor Annabelle Gawer

Your CoDE reporter is keeping up with Professor Annabelle Gawer, co-director of CoDE, who wins this month’s ‘CoDE on the Road’ badge by managing to be in three countries in the space of one week, with a virtual presence in a fourth. Annabelle’s reputation as one of the foremost experts on Digital Platforms is further […]

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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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Blockchain and the Food Industry

The rapid social and technological changes that we see in our Digital Economy inevitably result in conditions of considerable environmental uncertainty. This is giving rise to more and more ‘wicked problems’ across business sectors, government, and society at large. What’s a ‘wicked problem’? It’s a problem that’s intractable, systemic, and features interconnected and tangled issues […]

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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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‘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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The Hubris Project and Digital Leadership

He’s an easy target, but – could The Donald be a ‘poster child’ for The Hubris Project? In one Trump speech on record, there were: 257 self-references, including: ‘I’m really rich’; ‘I’m proud of my net worth’; ‘I’ve done an amazing job’; ‘I beat China all the time — all the time’; ‘Rebuild the country’s […]

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