2018: The Empire Strikes Back

By Professor Alan W Brown The past few years have been dominated by digital disruption in an economy that is ever more unpredictable. To a large extent, incumbent business organization dominating their markets have been struggling to evolve at the speed demanded by their customers, partners, and prospects. This has encouraged a wide range of […]

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In the Lab: Music, Rugby, and Digital Learning

Turns out, rugby in New Zealand is taught not by age group, but by size of the player. It makes a lot of sense for rugby. What can it show us about education? Why should students be grouped and taught by age, when aptitude and intellectual development are rarely defined so rigidly? Can digital learning […]

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Digital Methods, Interpersonal Goals: cook ethos

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no one knows where the next digital disruption is coming from. At CoDE, we often find that sectors that seem ripe for disruption continue to resist it, and that a start up’s success can hinge not on logic, but on whether the world is emotionally ready to take […]

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Journalism and the Internet of Things: The NewsThings project

  John Mills, one of our PhD students researching journalism and the Internet of Things (IoT), gave an invited talk on his work at the Guildford Institute recently. The Guildford Institute is a social and educational community hub in the centre of Guildford which has been working for and with the local community for over […]

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The Digital Community: CoDE, crowdfunding and ‘Back the Boat’

CoDE is thrilled to be a corporate sponsor of Surrey Women’s Rowing: we sponsored the second prize for the NatWest Crowdfunding Challenge. The USSU Boat Club attracted almost 50 supporters in three days to finish second; the boat club won our £100 sponsorship, and CoDE won the alarming prospect of a Learn-to-Row tank session at […]

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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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CoDE on the Road: From Audiopaper to Next Generation Paper

CoDE’s David Frohlich, Professor of Interaction Design here at Surrey, was a keynote speaker at the recent WebMedia 2017, the 23th Brazilian Symposium on Multimedia and the Web. Entitled ‘From Audiopaper to Next Generation Paper’, David’s talk reflected on the 26 years since the publication of Wellner’s (1991) Digital Desk, which demonstrated the augmentation of […]

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‘Next Generation Paper’: Connecting paper to the Internet

What happens to paper in a Digital world? Is there an evolving role for this most ancient of media? This was one of the key issues addressed recently in Book Industry Communication’s (BIC) seminar on ‘New Trends in Publishing’, focusing beyond the fads into genuine digital-world shifts, seismic changes, and ‘weak signals’ throughout the publishing […]

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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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‘The Ecology of Technology’: Community and digital disruption

By Dr Phil Godsiff (In which Our Man in Europe goes domestic) Just back from a conference at Chicheley Hall, the country seat of the Royal Society, with Fellows and other luminaries from the Royal Society, plus a Rogues’ Gallery of science fiction writers and representatives from the National Trust, the National Crime Agency, and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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