About me:

Dr Will Venters is an Assistant Professor in Information Systems and Digital Innovation within the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He speaks regularly at practitioner conferences on various digital business issues, particularly around Digital Ecosystems, Digital Innovation and Cloud Computing; has briefed  European government policy makers and… Read more »

  • Wardley Mapping and building situational awareness in the age of service ecosystems.

    How do executives make sense of their complex digital ecosystem of cloud services? How do they gain situational awareness? One method gaining increasing popularity in a large number of organisations is Simon Wardley’s “Wardley Mapping” technique. With Simon, and with Roser Pujadas and Mark Thompson, we have been developing and researching of how and why… Read more »

  • Fully funded PhD studentships in Interfaces / Boundary Resources / Digital Ecosystems / Cloud Computing.

    I am part of my large research grant with UCL, QMUL and Imperial (https://binaryblurring.com/2017/12/04/win-of-6-million-to-research-digital-interfacing/  )  titled “Interfaces Reasoning for Interacting Systems. As part of this we have four fully funded PhD studentships available –  http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/prospective_students/phd_programme/funded_scholarships/ While the advertisement focuses on computer science issues, the final bullet point “Tools for modelling and reasoning about organizational architecture” […]

  • Five days of trials, tech and teamwork: welcome to Sprint Week

    Innovation can transform the world. So how can it be encouraged and nurtured? Sofia Klapp, studying my course in “Innovating Organizational Information Technology” for her MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation (MISDI), reveals how our Sprint Week concept challenged her and her fellow classmates to generate, develop and pitch genuinely groundbreaking ideas.  It was Monday morning, and […]

  • Lecturing for Cambridge Executive Education

    It was great to be back in Cambridge last week lecturing with Dr Mark Thompson on Digital Innovation and Transformation @ Judge Business School Executive Education Programmes.

  • #LegoGovernment: Our manifesto for government in the age of digital disruption.

    Tonight I’m at the Institute for Government, where I am part of a group launching our collaboratively developed “Manifesto for Better Public Services” together with a more detailed “Green Paper”. So what’s it all about? Well, in 1941 the founder of the modern welfare state William Beveridge asked: “How would one plan social insurance now […]

  • Academic Workshop: Platformization in the Public Sector

    I am pleased to be on the programme committee of the following workshop! Platformization in the Public Sector Organizers Margunn Aanestad, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway Miria Grisot, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway Tomas Lindroth, Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg, Sweden This workshop targets digital infrastructures in the public sector […]

  • PhD in Rhythms of Information Infrastructure Cultivation: Dr Ayesha Khanna

    It was fantastic to see Ayesha Khanna, my PhD student, successfully defend her PhD today. Her work focuses on the temporal nature of information infrastructures within a SmartCity initiative in Berlin identifying the importance of temporal rhythm. The research will be of interest to practitioners involved in building smart cities, strategic niches for innovation, and […]

  • Win of £6 million to research Digital Interfacing.

    I am pleased to form part of a team, with computer science colleagues at UCL, Imperial and QMUL, who have been awarded a EPSRC programme grant for over £6 million to research the interfacing of digital systems. The overall research programme (titled Interface reasoning for interacting systems (IRIS)) aims to research the correct functioning of digital […]

  • Teaching digital innovation at the LSE: Sprint week with Roland Berger

    Organisations need to innovate digital products and services faster than ever before. This requires new skills for digital innovation but gaining skills is challenging. Traditional university lectures and classes are excellent at providing the vital theoretical backgrounds; for example in platforms, business strategy, digital infrastructures, systems development approaches, cloud computing and agility, yet they are […]

  • Naps in the Huawei office – perhaps the secret of China’s digital success?

    We have just spent a week visiting Shenzhen, China to see the headquarters of one of the world’s most innovative and fastest growing companies. We noticed 2 amazing things which may go some way to explaining their success.