Three Stages of Sustainability: Which one is your business?

In recent years, concerns over social injustice and environmental degradation have come only second to economic recession as amongst the ills besetting society. In 1994, assigning equivalence to each of these foci – People, Planet, Profit – John Elkington coined the term the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ to promote a greater organisational awareness of and responsibility […]

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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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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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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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‘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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‘A Business within a Business’: Digital Banking

The CoDE team’s latest exploratory discussion was with a well-known French multinational bank and financial services company, to find out how CoDE’s unique blend of ‘on it’ and ‘in it’ could add value to a financial institution with an eye for digital innovation in banking. As Professor Alan Brown, co-director of CoDE, explained, ‘There’s a […]

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The Hubris Project and Digital Leadership

He’s an easy target, but – could The Donald be a ‘poster child’ for The Hubris Project? In one Trump speech on record, there were: 257 self-references, including: ‘I’m really rich’; ‘I’m proud of my net worth’; ‘I’ve done an amazing job’; ‘I beat China all the time — all the time’; ‘Rebuild the country’s […]

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Digital Entrepreneurship Advanced Lab

At CoDE, we believe that vacation is for those who can afford to stand still. While everyone else goes on holiday, we’ll be in the Business insights Lab as usual, plotting and scheming and generally solving the world’s digital problems before the world knows it has them. Make your summer count too: unlock the Digital […]

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Questions of Innovation and Veterinary Pathology

Within CoDE, one of our main strategic arguments is that the Business School can be a really significant enabler for connecting the other Schools to business. We’ve been engaged at several levels with our colleagues in the Vet School, including running several highly-regarded workshops with local Vet practices and SMEs, and it’s really starting to pay […]

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CoDE and IBM: Changing relationships and IT

Rapid advances in technology are creating significant pressure on businesses and individuals to work in new ways to adapt their practices. While many of the changes in behaviour fit neatly into existing ways of working, some shifts are causing completely new paradigms and practices to emerge. The continual re-alignment of technology and business change is […]

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Trust and Vulnerability in a Digital Economy

The CoDE Team is thrilled to report that we have received approval for funding the EPSRC project we submitted at the end of last year to the Trust, Identity, Privacy, and Security (TIPS) call. This was a proposal involving Warwick, Cambridge, West of England, and Surrey to the amount of over £1.2M over 24 months. […]

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