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 developing CoDE’s access to top-flight communities on the cutting edge of digital. It’s one of the ways CoDE stays at the forefront of investigating  the emerging patterns of the Digital Economy through a process of ‘collaborative discovery’ — blending research, education, problem-solving and brokering in the Business insights Lab – for valuable and unique understanding.

Annabelle gave two talks — one on ‘Platforms and Ecosystems: The New Locus of Technological Advantage’ — at the SMS (Strategic Management Society) Conference in Berlin. Dr Phil Godsiff also appeared, presenting our work on block chains. Along with the AOM (Academy of Management), it’s a community that CoDE is aiming to influence — the Strategic Management Journal is the best (4*) journal in strategy research.

In Paris, Annabelle spoke about how digital affects banks and payment in general, at this industry’s conference: the TagWorld / TagPay annual meeting. TagPay is an innovative new mobile B2B platform for ‘banking the unbanked’. Back in the UK, she was a keynote speaker at the OII (Oxford Internet Institute) annual “The Internet, Policy, and Politics” conference. The theme of this year’s Oxford conference was The Platform Society, and Annabelle spoke on “Digital Platforms and Innovation Ecosystems: Competition and Innovation Dynamics, and Policy Implications”.

Finally, Annabelle was interviewed by Aftenposten, Norway’s largest daily newspaper, as part of a series of articles about the expanding influence of the tech industry. Her insight on the platform economy, and its trajectory to global power, was sought in the wake of the controversy over Facebook’s removal of the photograph ‘Terror of War’.

Digital Platforms is one of the most significant areas of the Digital Economy, changing the face of business, government, and how we interact with each other as individuals. CoDE’s thought leadership in this area touches infrastructure, power, data privacy, and issues of innovation versus fair competition.

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About the Author : Kris Henley

Communications and Outreach for Surrey Business School's Centre for the Digital Economy, a newly-founded research centre to explore the implications of the Digital Economy for business, government and society.