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Lecturer/Senior lecturer in Digital Economy

Surrey Business School

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £39,324 to £68,814 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Tuesday 11 April 2017
Closing Date:  Sunday 21 May 2017
Interview Date:  Monday 12 June 2017
Reference:  030717

Surrey Business School (SBS) is an internationally recognised centre for management research and teaching. We are accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and by AMBA (the Association of MBAs). With a strong Senior Management Team led by its newly appointed Dean, Professor Ansgar Richter, we are ambitious in building a world-class interdisciplinary business school where innovative thinking is accelerated into action. Our particular strengths are in digital innovation and technological transformation, leadership and organizational psychology, sustainability and corporate governance. Based in Guildford just outside of London, the University of Surrey is an outstanding international University with an enterprising spirit.

Surrey Business School is a mid-sized business school with approximately 100 academic staff members from around the globe, and a highly cohesive and collegial atmosphere. We are growing strongly, both in terms of our size, and in terms of the quality and impact of our work. Specifically, we put a heavy emphasis on research excellence. Our faculty regularly publish their research in top journals such as AMJ, AMR, SMJ, JIBS, Management Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, ETP, Organisation Studies, Human Relations, Research Policy, and in other leading journals in their fields of expertise. Our colleagues have joined us from prestigious universities and business schools worldwide, with recent appointments including individuals who earned their PhD at institutions such as Harvard, MIT, LSE, and elsewhere.

We run a full range of programmes including undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA programmes, as well as a PhD programme. Our programmes are renowned for their quality in terms of intellectual rigor, student experience, and employability. As a School, we are becoming increasingly active in executive education (both open-enrolment and tailor-made programmes). Through our Business Insights Lab, we work closely with companies and other partner organisations. In particular, we have strong links with many technology-oriented start-ups and established firms in London, Surrey, and the South-East of England in general. For further information about Surrey Business School, please visit our website (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/business-school).

Surrey Business School’s Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) has the aim of investigating the fundamental research questions emerging from the adoption of digital technologies. Specifically, how the digital revolution affects: how individuals live and work; how organizations operate; how business is conducted; how competition unfolds; how industries are structured and how innovation happens. We are a team of thirteen researchers including 3 Professors, 4 Lecturers, 1 Senior Lecturer and 6 research fellows.

We are focused on five main areas of work:

  1. Digital platforms and innovation ecosystems, led by Professor Gawer and Dr Eaton. This research examines market dynamics of the digital economy, with a focus on platforms and ecosystems.
  2. Biometrics and data analytics, led by Dr Plans. This activity is supported by European grants worth in excess of £2M along with substantial commercial support from Axa, Samsung and Microsoft. This work was also recently featured on the front page of the Sunday Times.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/taking-work-home-is-deadly-g9zwcvtg5

  1. Personal Data Economy, led by Professor Maull. Our research is based on the RCUK funded HAT project which has received over £3m of RCUK funding distributed across six UK universities. The HAT is a personal data platform with over 300 users enabling individuals to trade their personal data in return for financial rewards.
  2. Crypto currencies and Distributed Ledger Technologies, led by Prof Alan Brown and Dr Godsiff. This research has three RCUK research projects.
    1. CREDIT project which has £0.5m of funding is looking at the impact of DLTs with a focus on governance and business model design. Dr Godsiff was part of a small team that authored the Government’s recent Blackett report on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLTs).
    2. COMEHERE (RCUK £600k) begins in July 2017 and will develop a block chain for personal health data that can be aggregated to identify developing patterns and securely traded with insurance companies to improve actuarial models.
    3. Archangel (RCUK £600k) this will look at placing National Archive data on a blockchain. The project is led by CVSSP with CODE’s role to consider alternative business model designs.
  3. Research into Innovation and Agile practices led by Professor Brown. CoDE is working in the public and private sector to design new agile innovation methods that optimize strategy and delivery for a digital age. This work is strongly supported by a wide range of organizations such as NAO, Surrey County Council, IBM, BOC, etc.

We are looking to add to the strengths of our existing research team through this post and are particularly keen to speak to individuals who have a demonstrated ability to work in companies to understand their data analytics requirements. We are not looking for a candidate who emphasises methodological skills but an individual who can engage with companies, help extend our research grant portfolio and publish in leading academic journal: this is in priority order. The appointee must demonstrate direct experience of working with companies, have a proven track record of successful practical engagements and have substantial experience of working on developing and delivering research grants.

For an informal discussion please contact either Prof Alan Brown (alan.w.brown@surrey.ac.uk or Head of Department Prof Roger Maull (r.maull@surrey.ac.uk).

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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