Data, Organisations and Society Conference 2018

Conference hosted by the Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University, in November 2018

The conference explored the emerging and prominent role of data; in information-driven organisations, this is sometimes summarised in the statement that ‘data is the new oil’. Data availability has increased exponentially since the turn of the 21st century, paving the way for a new business environment. Big data has been described as a management revolution, and the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity. It presents both a challenge and an opportunity: organisations now have access to a stream of real time, digitized data relating to how people, companies and other organizations interact; yet in order to turn these data into knowledge, the whole process of data analysis – also known as big data analytics or consumer analytics - needs to be carefully planned and organised. The conference comprised a series of papers, keynote speakers and plenary sessions to address these issues (for an overview, see for example: and a special issue of the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change on the same theme.

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Proceedings of the conference.

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Location: TechnoCentre, Coventry University Technology Park, Puma Way, Coventry University, CV1 2TT

21 November 2018, Coventry University Technology Park

Data availability has increased exponentially in the last decade, paving the way for a new business environment. As such growth accelerates, a better understanding is needed of the opportunities this new phenomenon provides and of the innovation, ethical, social, privacy and security challenges it poses. This one day conference aims to bring together academic, practitioner and public policy researchers to present and discuss current research relevant to these issues.

Conference Themes

The conference itself will be based around three main themes:

  • Data and strategy
  • Data and the digital economy
  • Data and society

Conference Programme


Coffee and registration


Welcome from the Conference Chairs and Coventry University Faculty of Business and Law


Keynote speakers:

Patrick McBrearty - West Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit

The National Cyber Security Threat: A Law Enforcement Perspective

Samuel Fosso Wamba - Toulouse Business School

Big Data Analytics Capability Impacts on Firm Performance


Coffee break and networking


Session 1: Round table discussion - parallel sessions


Lunch and networking


Keynote speakerBlaine Price, The Open UniversitySmart Homes for Older Adults: Supporting Grandad or spying on Granny?


Session 2: Round table discussion - parallel sessions


Tea break


Plenary Discussion with speakers


Special Issue - Technological Forecasting and Social Change (TFSC)Call for Papers