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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Distributed Ledger Technology: Applications and implications

Is there anything blockchain can’t do? There’s a good reason to ask. CoDE’s Prof Roger Maull, Dr Phil Godsiff, Prof Alan Brown and Dr Beth Kewell have just published a seminal article with cryptocurrency expert Dr Cathy Mulligan of Imperial College, London, in the journal Strategic Change. ‘Distributed Ledger Technology: Applications and implications’ is significant […]

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Crowdfunding in the Classroom: Before the Crowd, the Gaggle

A new Digital initiative at Surrey Business School’s Entrepreneurship MSc The question: how can Surrey Business School support student crowdfunding projects more effectively? The solution: a fiendishly clever initiative called Gaggle Connect. Gaggle Connect is an interactive forum to develop project ideas through crowdsourcing– whether business, community, funding or just fun.  Instead of raising money, […]

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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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Digital Strategy Labs: Shaping Surrey’s digital future

In the Business Insights Lab (BIL), we’ve been putting Collaborative Discovery to work to help Surrey navigate the digital jungle. How do you forge a strategy for a digital future in higher education, when technology is unpredictable, budgets are tight, and every prediction is still a guess? What should our priorities be as an institution? […]

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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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‘Wake-Up Design’:  Design thinking in business strategy

The Business Insights Lab here at Surrey was packed on Star Wars Day, with attendees from academic institutions, business- and growth- hubs, SMEs, LEs, interactive studios, and more for Oxford Innovation Services’ ‘Wake-Up Design’ conference. In keeping with the intergalactic theme, moderator Lukasz Liebersbach framed the role of design like ‘the Force’: powerful, but invisible. […]

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Blockchain: Measuring impacts in the worldwide food system

  By Dr Phil Godsiff In which Our Man in Europe stays home, but goes global. Notwithstanding essential nourishment, the pleasure of “commensality”, and chocolate for Easter eggs, recent estimates show that globally we waste 30% of food produced, and in the developed West that figure is even higher.  Further, we know that food consumed […]

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DesignScapes: Our winning bid for Design-Enabled Innovation

Cities are canvases for innovative interactions and relationships: Creative industries flock to urban environments, taking the advantage of shared knowledge and a density of specialised and potential customers, suppliers, designers and workers to create new tools, instruments, technologies, methods, products and services; Innovation processes in cities benefit from the diversity in urban environments, providing a […]

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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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What Does ENDuRE Teach Us about the Digital Economy?

The digital economy is growing fast, changing the game all over the world. The UK and Europe are struggling to keep at the forefront of this digital revolution. This is where the ENDuRE programme can play a significant role in helping European digital businesses thrive. ENDuRE –the European Network of Design for Resilient Entrepreneurship — […]

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The Game is On: Making friends with Blockchain

For everyone who’s always wanted to know more about Blockchain but was always literally terrified to ask – we bring you the Blockchain Game, developed as an output for the RCUK grant CREDIT: Cryptocurrency Effects in Digital Transformations (EP/N015525/1). The CREDIT project is led by CoDE’s Professor Roger Maull, and features CoDE co-investigators Dr David […]

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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 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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3 Reasons to Love Audiophotography

Based on a published interview for the Graphic Arts Magazine. Read the full article here. Guest blogger David Frohlich is an author and Professor of Interaction Design at the University of Surrey. He has contributed numerous studies and patents to the field of digital photography, augmented paper, and memorabilia in his fourteen years as a […]

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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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