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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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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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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Lessons from the Top: Jonny Tooze on digital leadership

Photo: Prof Alex Gerbasi of CLDM and Prof Annabelle Gawer of CoDE CoDE was delighted to co-sponsor a fascinating talk by Jonny Tooze, Founder and MD of LAB, recently. We joined with Surrey Business School’s Centre for Leadership and Decision Making (CLDM) to foster our joint interest in equipping businesses and leaders for the volatile […]

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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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Big Data and Regulation: The debate

Recent press coverage quoting CoDE’s Professor Annabelle Gawer reflects the growing importance of the question of data, and how it is regulated: From the New York Times, ‘Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators’: is regulation punishing organisations based on what they might do? In an article in The Times Annabelle points […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Audiophotography and Digital Media

“Knowledge-based innovation has the longest lead time of all innovations. There is, first, a long time span between the emergence of new knowledge and its becoming applicable to technology. And then there is another long period before the new technology turns into products, processes or services in the marketplace”, Drucker 1985, p98). Out in front […]

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