Brian Nicholson

Prof, Professor of business information systems

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested to supervise PhD projects in topics related to digital transformation, digital platforms and ICT for development

Personal profile


Undergraduate teaching : Digital transformation in accounting

MBA teaching : International Business Projects; Managing Disruptive Technologies



Dr Brian Nicholson is Professor of Business Information Systems. Since 1995, he has been involved in teaching, research and consultancy projects in the broad area of global outsourcing of software and other business processes. This has involved work in India, China, Costa Rica, Iran, Egypt; Malaysia and Bangladesh. Brian's research at the firm level has resulted in several influential publications in international journals and three books, Global IT Outsourcing (Cambridge University Press, 2003);  Sustainable Global Outsourcing (Palgrave, 2012) and Socially Responsible Outsourcing Global Sourcing with Social Impact (Palgrave, 2016). Recent work is in digital transformation of accounting and at University of Oslo focussing on digital platforms and healthcare primarily involving DHIS2. 


Research interests

Research interests are in the broad area of digital transformation of accounting and I am currently engaged in an Innovate UK funded knowledge transfer partnership with Beever Struthers an accounting practice based in Manchester UK.  Other interests include global IT and business process outsourcing and various projects in the broad domain of ICT for development.  Most recent interests are in the domain of digital platforms including freelancing, digital platforms and healthcare notably DHIS2 at University of Oslo and digital entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, An Analysis of the Process of Software Development Across Time and Space: The Case of Outsourcing to India , The University of Salford


Award Date: 18 Nov 1999

External positions

Adjunct professor, University of Oslo

2018 → …

external examiner, The University of Warwick


Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Digital Futures
  • Sustainable Futures


  • Management information and Information Technology


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