MBA ‘Business Breakfast’ with ebay

As dawn broke without much conviction over the Piazza here at Surrey, a packed Business Insights Lab was already buzzing. MBA students from the full-time programme joined with Exec Ed participants and Surrey Business School staff over bacon rolls and Danish pastries to hear Rafael Orta, ebay’s Vice President for Global Marketing Operations, speak about […]

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Cryptocurrency and the ‘Ecology of Technology’

In the last budget, the government set aside £10m for research into cryptocurrencies – and the first grant has now been awarded to the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy.   The EPSRC grant, CREDIT (Cryptocurrency Effects in Digital Transformations), is for £400k and will be led by Roger Maull, Professor of Management Systems at […]

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BiL Day 1: Teaching for a Digital World

  “Running sessions this week in the BiL with the MBA students. This place rocks!! This is exactly what we should be doing…teaching interactive skills and methods around innovation and entrepreneurship!   If you are on campus….come round here now! Yes now!”   The excitement is palpable at Surrey around the Business Insights Lab (BiL). […]

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A Revolutionary Digital Space

August can be a quiet time for the University, with term in abeyance and our academics in the four corners of the globe at conferences. Here on the Surrey campus, the CoDE team is helping Surrey Business School design and establish the Business Insights Lab – taking the concept of business experimentation with the application […]

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Hotelplan: Whither Tourism in the Digital Economy?

CoDE’s Business Insights Lab at Surrey Business School has gone from inception to full power in a matter of weeks – which is appropriate, really, for a Lab designed to help businesses cope with the speed and scope of change and innovation in the Digital Economy. In essence, our Lab is executive education re-configured for […]

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The Role of Experimentation in Digital Business

With huge global disruption and uncertainty from a technological, social, financial, ethical, and legal perspective, what’s the future of business in a digital economy? And what does this mean to an entrepreneur, a business person, a marketing professional, or an engineer? The answer, of course, is that we don’t really know: we’re only at the […]

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Cloud and Value in the Digital Economy

Digital is transforming – and in some cases sweeping away – the old ideas, models, and value streams, and revealing them to have been not just set in stone, but possibly fossilized. For example: information about a transaction is now worth more than the transaction itself. How can this be?   Most of us never […]

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Law, Business, and Collaboration in the Digital Economy

Last week’s ‘digital discussion’ between the Surrey School of Law and Surrey Business School was a great opportunity to share ideas and knowledge, and brainstorm potential areas of crossover and collaboration for research. Our fields of expertise stretched from international law, human-rights law, and environmental law, all the way to the ethics of data ownership, […]

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Cryptocurrencies and Digital Business

Cryptocurrencies are a form of digital technology that removes the requirement for a centralised authority to generate use and trust in a currency.   Cryptocurrencies are instead built on cryptography to create a network of mutual trust – trust in the currency is established not through a central authority – but by every member of the […]

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Hype and Reality in the Digital Economy

Surrey Business School and Surrey Chambers of Commerce joined forces late last week to present the inaugural ‘Technology Forum’, discussing ‘The Internet of Things: What are the real opportunities?’ CoDE Team member Dr Ben Shenoy was among the panellists presenting their take on what the IoT means now for the digital economy, and where this […]

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A Brief History of Digital

Roger Camrass, Surrey Business School’s new Visiting Professor of Management Practice, recently gave some of our Masters students the benefit of his experience in a seminar entitled ‘IT Strategy: Back to the Future.’ With forty years in the IT sector to his name, plus extensive entrepreneurship experience, Roger is unusually well-positioned to give an overview […]

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‘Business in the Digital Economy’ Series: For the modern digital enterprise (yours)

At CoDE, we think the new Professional Business series from Palgrave MacMillan is well worth a closer look – especially as it’s an evolving work that’s actively looking for new ideas and proposals. It’s aimed at non-technical, mid-senior executives and business managers, and is filling an important knowledge gap between business leadership and the digital […]

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The Challenges of Innovation in a Corporate Environment

By Alan Brown and Kris Henley.   We are seeing the rise of the ‘intrapreneur’, as more and more large corporates grasp the necessity for innovation from within. In our digital economy, fostering and nourishing the intrapreneur ideally should run parallel with growing relationships between large enterprises and wholly separate SMEs, who team up to […]

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Dystopia and Digital Technology: An urgent message from 1968

Reading ‘The Crowdsourcing Scam’  recently was an unsettling reminder of the very real and present tensions in the relationship between individual, technology, and government. The menacing dystopian threat implied in the pervasiveness of digital technology is something most of us are certain we’re immune to – after all, we’re the ones with our fingers on […]

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Innovation, and How to Act Small When You’re Big

What are the characteristics of a start-up that the CIO can adopt, to challenge and reconfigure their business thinking, and ultimately act as a channel of new ideas and innovative working into the large digital enterprise? This is a key issue for us at Surrey CoDE, as we explore and refine our understanding of agile […]

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