Surrey Business School


Centre for Sustainable Enterprise Management Research Day

  • Thursday 30 Mar. 2017

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Centre for Sustainable Enterprise Management Research Day

  • Thursday 27 Apr. 2017

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Surrey Analytics Summer School

  • Monday 19 Jun. 2017

  • Wednesday 21 Jun. 2017

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Toast of Surrey Business Awards nominations now open

We return as sponsors of Toast of Surrey Business Awards 2017 'Young Business of the Year', nominations close 24 March 2017: nominate now.  

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New Centre Launch

The Centre for Management Learning (CML) is a research and competency centre for academic staff, students and industry. It aims to improve teaching excellence in management through industry informed curriculum design, new teaching practises, staff development and research.

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Ranked 2nd for Business and Management in the Guardian University Guide 2017

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Who we work with

At Surrey Business School, we collaborate with a number of private, public and third sector organisations.

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Surrey Business School is accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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    The broader impact and influence of Surrey Business School’s 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 to kick off Digital Transformation 2017 in London. As “the UK’s leading senior-level meeting for digital leaders”, this workshop was a great opportunity to share CoDE’s recent work in agile innovation and digital business model innovation with an audience of senior business executives.

    Alan’s workshop focused on the themes of Understanding the Digital Economy – its background and principles, and the implications for product and service delivery. The workshop centred on practical tools for analyzing Business Models and Business Strategy, culminating in a framework for understanding and innovating business models in fast-paced digital technology scenarios.

    As this workshop explored, digital transformation is reframing the way we think about business– and forcing us to rethink traditional ways of creating, capturing, and delivering value. A key focus for CoDE is understanding the challenges every businesses are facing today – and finding practical solutions that can be applied now. Workshops like Alan’s are vitally important for a business world peering into the fog of an unpredictable future, helping explore the implications of digital transformation by presenting some simple frameworks and models that explain core concepts of business model innovation, and techniques that help accelerate business model experimentation.

    Many organizations have been preoccupied in recent years with their repeated efforts to upgrade to digital technologies, digital media, and digital delivery channels. However, digital transformation has also opened the opportunity for organizations to question major assumptions about their business model – the users being served, the experiences offered to them, and the most efficient ways to deliver those experiences in a co-ordinated, consistent and cost-effective way.

    Consequently, real world thinking and experiences in business model innovation have changed significantly over the past few years. Delegates left with the context, skills, tools and vocabulary to understand product and service delivery in a digital age.

    If you are struggling to understand and evolve your business in a rapidly – changing digital economy, contact CoDE to find out more about practical ways to redesign your future. 

  • As we head into the Christmas break, it’s now a good time to take stock of the recent developments and early plans for next year across the School.

    Last month we were delighted to appoint the new Research Director, Professor Steve Wood. While it’s early days in his role, Steve has started the process of forming a Research Committee, with the objective to strengthen the School’s research culture and environment even further.

    We are pleased to announce that University Student Enterprise team have taken up residence at Surrey Business School. This new high profile space will allow even more students from across campus to access Surrey Student Enterprise activities and will strengthen the support the team receives from the School.

     CoDE (Centre for the Digital Economy) have had some recent funding success with a research bid to EPSRC for: Addressing Cybersecurity and Cybercrime via a co-Evolutionary approach to reducing human-related risks. The grant is led by Dr Shujun Li in Computer Science and includes the strong involvement of Dr Mike McGuire in Sociology. So, this grant is the result of a great inter-Faculty collaboration, which we will be seeing more of in the new year. Other Universities involved include UCL Security and Crime Science and Warwick Manufacturing Group. The grant is for 24 months and the value is  1.1M. The grant adds to CoDE’s expanding list of research awards.

    Further plans for the new year will be to significantly expand our Executive Education programmes, which is well underway. Our plans include both open-enrolment and tailor-made Executive Education activities, as well as one day programmes.

    As we look back at the last year, I am inspired with confidence for the year ahead and the many new achievements yet to be reached.

  • Students on the first year module Economics, Business and Sustainability took over the Business Insights Lab on 12 and  13 December to host the first Sustainability Showcase Poster Exhibition. Groups were asked to answer why sustainability is important in the business environment, how businesses operate sustainably, who benefits and what are the benefits of operating sustainably?

    Each group chose a case to apply their knowledge to an organisation, an industry sector or even a country!


    Is the pursuit of a ‘100% sustainable’ food producer an achievable goal?


    The Body Shop


    Toxic Throwaway Fashion

    Students were graded on their work by a team of markers looking for evidence of the groups’ comprehension of the topic of sustainable business, evidence of relevant breadth and depth of research into topic, the critical analysis of the case chosen and the creativity, layout, appearance and quality of the poster and group working ability.

    Initial feedback from the students is positive as an innovative and creative method of assessment and a good way to make friends in the first semester.

    We hope you managed to stop by to see the good works of our new undergraduate cohort!

    Find out more about Surrey Business School programmes and research within Sustainability.

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Surrey Business School wins over €200,000 EU funding for design innovation of urban living across Europe

Surrey Business School project DESIGNSCAPES “Building Capacity for Design enabled Innovation in Urban Environments” has won funding from the European Commission’s research Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

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People’s energy in the workplace is key to staff retention

A research study has found that people’s energy towards colleagues has a major influence on how likely they are to leave their job voluntarily.

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University of Surrey appoints Professor Ansgar Richter as Dean of Surrey Business School

The University of Surrey has appointed Professor Ansgar Richter as the new Dean of Surrey Business School, ranked second in the UK for Business and Management and twelfth for Accounting and Finance by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

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Who we work with

At Surrey Business School, we’ve created an innovative and stimulating environment in which our academics, students and alumni work with international corporate businesses, SMEs and government, offering bespoke consultancy and applied education programmes. Here are just a few examples of some of the organisations we’re currently working with: