The Digital Community: CoDE, crowdfunding and ‘Back the Boat’

CoDE is thrilled to be a corporate sponsor of Surrey Women’s Rowing: we sponsored the second prize for the NatWest Crowdfunding Challenge. The USSU Boat Club attracted almost 50 supporters in three days to finish second; the boat club won our £100 sponsorship, and CoDE won the alarming prospect of a Learn-to-Row tank session at […]

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Coming to You in 2018: Digital Backlash?

At CoDE, we’ve been discussing the thorny topic of “one big trend for 2018 for the digital economy”. It started with a simple question, and gave rise to a fascinating exchange across the team. It really shows why CoDE is more than the sum of its parts, or members, or research areas: we are able […]

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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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The Academy of Management, Big Data and Surrey in April 2018

Digital Platforms guru Annabelle Gawer reports in from the Academy of Management (AOM) in Atlanta, where she gave two presentations: one at a Professional Development Workshop on Open Innovation, and another on Platforms and Ecosystems. High on the agenda was the progress and development of the AOM Specialized Conference on Big Data and Managing in a […]

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Karl Marx, Platforms, and the Gig Economy

In which Our Man returns from Venice, talking about data and ownership and platforms, to find the world turned upside down in a manner similar to the effect achieved by Damien Hirst in his exhibition entitled “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” in which nothing is quite what it seems to be. By Dr […]

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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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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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‘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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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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‘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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‘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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CoDE, The Economist, and ‘Platform Anxiety’

CoDE and the University of Surrey were mentioned prominently in The Economist recently, in an article focused on platforms, which referred to the research of Professor Annabelle Gawer, Digital Platforms expert and our newest team member. Not just a member of the team – but Co-Director of CoDE and Professor of Digital Economy at Surrey […]

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