Dr Will Venters is an Associate 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 »
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.
Cloud Expertise Report with Rackspace and Intel
For a number of months I’ve been working with Rackspace and colleague Carsten Sorensen to undertake a study of the impact of skills and expertise on cloud computing. The report “the cost of cloud expertise” has just been published here. The headline figure is that $258m is lost a year through lack of cloud expertise. […]
England’s Electronic Prescription Service: Infrastructure in an Institutional Setting
Good friends in Oslo (Margunn Aanestad, Miria Grisot, Ole Hanseth and Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou) have just launched their edited a book on Information Infrastructure within European Health Care. The book is open-access meaning you can download it for free here. Our team’s contribution is chapter 8 which discusses England’s Electronic Prescription Service that we evaluated for NPfIT […]
Government as a Platform – an assessment framework
I’m pleased that my paper with Alan Brown, Jerry Fishenden and Mark Thompson has been published in Government Information Quarterly today! The paper draws together our collective work on platforms and government IT to develop an assessment framework for GaaP (Government as a platform). We then evaluate recent UK government’s digital projects using the framework. “Appraising […]
The Enterprise Kindergarten for our new AI Babies? Digital Leadership Forum.
So where should a CxO be spending their time when evaluating enterprise AI? I would argue they should seek to evaluate both the AI product and their organisation’s “AI kindergarten” in which the “AI product” will grow?
Digital infrastructures in organizational agility – Dr Florian Allwein
It was a great pleasure to see Florian Allwein, my PhD student, successfully defend his PhD today. The thesis has significant lessons for practitioners interested in the role of their digital technology in promoting agility within large organisations. The abstract of Dr Allwein’s thesis: Organizational agility has received much attention from practitioners and researchers in […]
Anti-competitive Artificial Intelligence (AI) – [FT.com]
Yesterday’s FT provides a fascinating article (available here) on the role algorithms may increasingly plan in price-rigging and collusion. While previously humans have colluded to fix prices, today’s algorithms which seek profit maximization may end up colluding in a way which is hard to detect and difficult to stop. Indeed a recent OECD report states: […]