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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LEADERSHIP IN FAR-FROM-STABLE TIMES

By Jon Teckman,  Senior Teaching Fellow at Surrey Business School and Director of the Leadership Development Series.  “Strong and stable” or a “coalition of chaos”?  These were the options put before the British people in the recent General Election.  Now the people have spoken – and it appears they are not mad keen on either option, stripping […]

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‘From Goldman to Google’: Culture change in a Digital Economy

A recent workshop with a team from the UK’s leading specialist resourcing and consultancy firm in governance, compliance and complaints has got us thinking about the issue of how to go about changing an organisation’s culture. Much in the way that IT has come out of its separate ‘tech’ sphere, and taken a seat at […]

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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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In the Lab: The challenges of Widening Participation

Important KPIs in our Access Agreement with HEFCE mean that a broad range of departments here at Surrey are drawing together ‘to discuss current initiatives to address differential performance of disadvantaged Widening Participation (WP) groups’. The Business insights Lab was overflowing recently as Dr Ben Shenoy ran a Lab focused on broadening the reach of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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