NEMODE Community Meeting

Significant themes for NEMODE research, London School of Economics

July 2013

The 2nd NEMODE Community Meeting took place on the 1st and 2nd of July 2013 at the London School of Economics with keynote speakers from Gartner and IBM with updates from academics funded under New Economic Models initiatives.

NEMODE is a network project funded under the Research Councils UK (RCUK)’s Digital Economy (DE) research programme. The objective is to develop a community of academics and practitioners seeking to research the potential for new economic models emerging from digital technologies. The project, which began in April 2012, has funding of £1.5 million over the next three years.

The project aims to inform policy on issues pertaining to the digital economy and engage with SMEs to stimulate new ideas and the creation of new markets. NEMODE will also inform business sectors and large companies about the changes necessary to enable them to take advantage of the opportunities created by digital technologies.

In preparation for the Community Meeting, delegates were asked to give some thought to the question, “What are the 3 most significant themes that NEMODE research should address?” Before the meeting, all attending delegates were invited to take part in a remote, online study where they arranged the themes submitted by their peers into groups. This grouping information, combined with some simple ICT techniques, allowed the planned breakout sessions to be structured and community led. The process was designed to be transparent, open, democratic, remote where possible and also maximise use of delegate time

On day one delegates heard updates on the progress of projects NEMODE has funded to date and saw presentations from sister projects funded by NEMinDE.

Day two was dedicated to proposing potential research in the NEMODE area (the NEMODE research landscape) and determining associated research questions, using the themes and thematic groups developed by the community in the crowdsourcing performed beforehand.

The following pages describe both the resulting NEMODE research landscape and the process by which it was developed by the community.

The ICT methods, clustering algorithms and associated support were provided by the EPSRC funded ‘ICT Perspectives’ project. We would like to very gratefully acknowledge support from both the RCUK Digital Economy and EPSRC through grants EP/K003542/1 and EP/I038845/1.

For further information please please contact Prof Mike Chantler on m.j.chantler(at) or Prof Roger Maull on R.S.Maull(at)

Grouped Research Topics

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Purple Group 1: New Business Models

Research Question #1:

How can we create a taxonomy that evolves as a dynamic tool to help shaping new business models?

Research Question #2:

How can we evaluate (in quantitative and qualitative terms) the sustainability of a new business model?

Research Question #3:

How can we define corporate governance (and required skills and capabilities) that facilitates and supports the developing digital economy?

Raconteur Name:
Luciano Batista

Group Members:
Luciano Batista
Letizia Mortara
Angel Salazar
Don Mcintyre
Phil Godsiff

Purple Group 2: New Business Models

Research Question #1:

Institutions: How are institutions and institutionalisation enabling or constraining business models
     a. Standards? Political / economic…

Research Question #2:

Growth: Business models for growth in the digital economy. How do we amplify business models to generate and consolidate growth, and is it possible to do so – for the UK?
     a. Convert into growth – jobs, more companies.
     b. Competitiveness and open source?
     c. Beyond SME -> to large business. Business models over the valley of death.

Research Question #4:

Forms of open collaboration – might be taxonomy?: What kinds of collaborations between which players drive what kind of business models?
     a. In open innovation collaborations…
     b. What are the dimensions of ecogenesis (© Andy Smart) in digitally driven business models?
     c. Adaptation – pearson … gone to dealing with the information.

Research Question #4:

Design and research methods: what are the research methods to develop new business models for creative & digital industries which are cross-cultural.
     a. Including evaluating old models in a new context.

Raconteur Name:
Benjamin Reid

Group Members:
Benjamin Reid
Lorraine Warren
Patrik Kärrberg
Patrick Stacey
David Wong
Arthi Manohar
Andi Smart
David Reynolds

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