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A framework for the transformation of the creative industries in a digital age

From 2011 – 2015, Hannah undertook PhD research at the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing. The doctoral research studied the concepts, methodologies, and tools of The AmbITion Approach, and validated it as a framework for business transformation of the creative industries in a digital age. Hannah has been awarded the PhD and the thesis is available to read and download – see link opposite (please reference it: Rudman, H. (2015) A framework for the transformation of the creative industries in a digital age. Ph.D., Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh.).

A new theoretical and conceptual framework called Participatory Transformation has emerged from the work. Hannah’s cross-disciplinary research interest is in organisational transformation and exploring how enterprises that are impacted by disruptions (be they digital, social, economic, or environmental) can successfully and sustainably transform. The work crosses the fields of Information Systems (IS), Business and Management, Design, and creative practice, and is undertaken through the qualitative, interpretive, mixed methodologies of participatory action research.

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Hear Hannah Rudman speak in June 2015!

10 June 2015to18 June 2015

Hannah’s speaking at the 10th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics in Bari, Italy, 10-12th June, 2015, presenting her academic paper: A framework for the transformation of the incumbent creative industries in a digital age.

Hannah’s also on stage at Dynamo15, taking place at the University of Sunderland on Thursday 18th June, with a ‘Get into IT’ careers event planned for the afternoon of 17th June. As a board member of Dynamo, Hannah is the Chair of the Policy stream, and is looking forward to engaging with you in debate! Dynamo15 will see the BBC’s Breakfast journalist, Steph McGovern as host and we are delighted that Accenture and Sage have signed up as Headline Sponsors, and Sunderland City Council are confirmed as Event partners. Kindly hosted by our Venue sponsor, the University of Sunderland, in their fabulous facilities, we are working hard to bring together a fantastic programme of sessions and fringe events this year once again.

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10 June 2015to18 June 2015

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Scottish Sculpture Workshop use AmbITion Approach for digital transformation

Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) is a rurally based artist residency centre. Offering workshop facilities, technical expertise and curatorial support, the programme supports hundreds of artists every year. Alongside this SSW runs a series of curatorial enquiries, focusing on landscape, craft, material and the commons.

SSW has undergone significant change over the last five years, from major Capital Development to new staff and programme structure. Working with Hannah Rudman and The AmbITion Approach, SSW developed a digital strategy to transform their organisation.

This was then used to discuss the organisations aims for the future, in order to create a strategy that would enable them to envision their short, mid and long-term needs more clearly. This enabled SSW to put in place a strategy and business plan that works with their programming, budget, and staff capacity, with goals that are achievable as well as highlighting areas in which they can raise aspirations to embrace a more advanced digital technologies.

A key part of this activity was the participation of all staff members. Through all staff participating in the new vision and strategy, they have taken on ownership of improving our digital capabilities and the whole team are able to move forward together.

Take a look at their report opposite to learn more about SSW’s process.

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