The Digital Economy Bill: Lawlessness and governance online

With thanks to Wikipedia! If you thought that the Digital Economy is like the Wild West in its lawlessness and range of quirky accents, think again: it is in fact subject to attempts at stringent regulation. The Digital Economy Bill 2016–17 addresses policy issues related to electronic communications infrastructure and services, and updates the conditions […]

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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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‘An In-Depth Study of the Bathroom’: IoT and the reverse supply chain

CoDE has contributed to a significant study on ‘Operationalising IoT for reverse supply: the development of use-visibility measures’ in the international journal Supply Chain Management. Funding was contributed by the Research Council (UK) Digital Economy to the H.A.T project (http://hubofallthings.org), and by the Academy of Finland. The study uses an explorative case approach drawing on […]

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What Happy People Buy: Psychology and Social Media Data

Our joint Psychology, Computer Science and Business workshop on ‘Predicting Psychology from Social Media Data’ in the Business insights Lab joined up digital innovation across sectors and departments. Guest speaker Dr. David Stillwell is a Lecturer in Big Data Analytics and Quantitative Social Science at Judge Business School in the University of Cambridge. He is […]

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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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Is Artificial Intelligence Making Workplace Stress Redundant?

Stress in the workplace is a big deal. It’s been noted that work related stress symptoms and diseases can account for more £29 billion a year spent on sick days in the UK alone, while the average amount of employees stressed at work is reaching 70% in leading UK sectors. Companies are being faced with […]

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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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Legacy: The chief nemesis of the Digital Future?

By Roger Camrass & Professor Alan W Brown   Wouldn’t it be great in our working lives if we could just wipe the slate clear every few months and start again afresh? No unfinished tasks. Farewell to endless inboxes with messages we’ve been meaning to deal with for far too long. Undo poor decisions with […]

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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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CoDE and the Setsquared Open Innovation Showcase

Dr Ben Shenoy, Director of the Business insights Lab in the Surrey Business School, delivered the closing remarks just recently at the 2016 SETsquared Open Innovation Showcase, held at Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine. SETsquared, established 14 years ago, has just been ranked the world’s number one university business incubator. The enterprise partnership consists of […]

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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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