CoDE on the Road: The DIODE Network and developing countries

….in which the team goes to Oxford and also takes a figurative trip to the global South Development Implications of Digital Economies (DIODE) is a strategic research network funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.  It researches the digital economy – that part of economic output derived solely or primarily from digital technologies – and its role […]

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Machine Intelligence in a Digital Economy: The ‘killer app’?

By Professor Alan W Brown Machine Intelligence could well be the integrative mechanism that transforms data into genuine sources of new value. Could it be the ‘killer app’ for the digital economy? Read the full report here. The computer industry has a long history of investigation into Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches (in which computers attempt […]

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Leadership in Uncertainty: Trump, Putin, and a ‘both/and’ world

The Creation Museum in Kentucky and Donald Trump have more in common than they probably realise: mainly that, if you are the least inclined to wonder about or doubt time-honoured, scientifically-based truths, their alternative interpretations of reality can be very, very convincing. It should be no surprise, then, that Trump and Vladimir Putin have a […]

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The Disciplinary Dance: Contributions across a design lifecycle

The CoDE team featured centrally in the second annual Festival of Research by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences here at Surrey, with Professor Annabelle Gawer chairing the panel on ‘Technologies Impacting Life’, featuring Professor David Frohlich on the panel. The Festival is a full day event exploring the intersection between our Faculty’s research […]

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2018: The Empire Strikes Back

By Professor Alan W Brown The past few years have been dominated by digital disruption in an economy that is ever more unpredictable. To a large extent, incumbent business organization dominating their markets have been struggling to evolve at the speed demanded by their customers, partners, and prospects. This has encouraged a wide range of […]

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In the Lab: Music, Rugby, and Digital Learning

Turns out, rugby in New Zealand is taught not by age group, but by size of the player. It makes a lot of sense for rugby. What can it show us about education? Why should students be grouped and taught by age, when aptitude and intellectual development are rarely defined so rigidly? Can digital learning […]

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Digital Methods, Interpersonal Goals: cook ethos

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no one knows where the next digital disruption is coming from. At CoDE, we often find that sectors that seem ripe for disruption continue to resist it, and that a start up’s success can hinge not on logic, but on whether the world is emotionally ready to take […]

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Professional Services, Digital and Intelligent Micro Automation

Automation. It’s a growing phenomenon that is driving business disruption globally, but in professional services it’s typically only accessible to large enterprises. All this is set to radically change. CoDE’s Professor Roger Maull and Dr Phil Godsiff have just won a grant from the Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK) to develop AUTTO – a tool […]

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Journalism and the Internet of Things: The NewsThings project

  John Mills, one of our PhD students researching journalism and the Internet of Things (IoT), gave an invited talk on his work at the Guildford Institute recently. The Guildford Institute is a social and educational community hub in the centre of Guildford which has been working for and with the local community for over […]

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CoDE on the Road: The launch of ‘DLT for Public Services’ report

The CoDE team were thrilled to be a part of the launch recently of ‘Distributed Ledger Technologies for the Public Sector: Leadership, Collaboration and Innovation’ hosted at the House of Lords by Lord Holmes of Richmond, an inspiring advocate for the immense potential of DLT to address intractable challenges in both private and public sectors. […]

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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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In the Lab: An Agile approach to community engagement

The Business Insights Lab (BIL) is the only space on the University campus dedicated to ‘discovery-led collaboration’, an approach that is delivering workable results for a range of initiatives. Community engagement and development is a fast-growing focus area for the University itself, and we are seeing more and more groups eager to tackle their most […]

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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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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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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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Research, Impact, and the Connected Business School

The relationship between ‘Research and Impact’ was a key topic for debate and discussion in our recent Surrey Business School (SBS) ‘Away Day’ in the ongoing and ever-evolving mission to align our strategy with the fast-changing demands of the Digital Economy. Along with sessions on Internationalisation, Teaching and Learning, and Business Engagement, the Research and […]

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‘Access to Business Funding’ Forum: What your SME needs to know

The funding journey for growth companies is the topic under scrutiny on 18 October, as Surrey Business School and Surrey Chambers of Commerce join forces to connect companies seeking funding to scale their businesses with funding opportunities through a wide range of expert funding partners. With the shifting economic climate, many small and medium-size enterprises […]

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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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