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2020 research projects

In collaboration with our partners we have developed a research programme which addresses some of the key challenges facing organisations as they undergo digital transformation. 

How to benefit from emerging technologies

Pilot projects in which emerging technologies such as Blockchain and AI are used to solve real-world business problems and demonstrate their impact on product and service innovation. 

How to understand and improve the customer experience

Machine learning and big data analytics provide new insights into customer experience, help firms understand what their customers really think of them and improve the services they deliver. 

How to use digital platforms to create new business models and revenue streams

Lots of firms are investing in digital platforms but are not yet reaping the rewards. This stream looks at the role of platforms in managing the customer experience and how they can be used to create new business models and generate revenue streams. 

How to formulate a successful digital transformation strategy

To better understand the challenge of developing digital transformation strategies in complex organisations we are looking at how global companies are approaching the task. We have developed our own framework for strategy formulation which we use to analyse how effective firms are at making clear strategic decisions and understanding how to put digitalisation projects into practice.

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A machine learning approach to quality control

Nov 14, 2020

Most of the products we take for granted contain huge numbers of components assembled in multiple stages by different manufacturers. Quality control is vital throughout the assembly process with rigorous testing required at every step.

Digital twins: driving business model innovation

Nov 06, 2020

For B2B firms struggling to reap the rewards of digitalisation, could digital twins be the way forward? In this article, CSA's Dr Erika Pärn and colleagues from the Fraunhofer Institute and Technische Universität in Dortmund, explore the relationship between this emerging technology and business model innovation.

Making business model innovation happen: the Business Model Cohesiveness Scorecard

Oct 30, 2020

Digital transformation is failing to live up to its hype, at least as far as productivity gains are concerned. If, as research suggests, a lack of business model innovation is the main culprit, we need a way of making it happen. Dr Chander Velu thinks a balanced scorecard approach could be the answer.

2020 Annual Review

Oct 23, 2020

Read about our latest research in our tenth anniversary Annual Review.

Managing customer experience through a systematic approach to data analytics

Jul 24, 2020

We all know what a positive – or negative – customer experience feels like: a rush of pleasure or teeth-grinding frustration. Firms are acutely aware of the importance of how we feel – and how that translates into long-term loyalty – but feelings are a difficult and complicated thing to measure at scale.

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