Dr Brian Nicholson

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Position: Professor of Information Systems
Academic unit: Accounting and Finance


Dr Brian Nicholson is a Professor at Manchester Business School and co director of the Centre for Development Informatics. 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 two books, Global IT Outsourcing (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Sustainable Global Outsourcing (Palgrave, 2012). Policy level consultancy studies have been undertaken for the governments of Costa Rica and Iran to stimulate software exports. In the case of Costa Rica, this resulted in production of a national level strategy. Other work has been commissioned by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales - "Risk and Control of Offshore Outsourcing of Accounting Services" and Rackspace on cloud computing. Current projects are focussed on Impact Sourcing within the Socially Responsible Outsourcing Unit.

Research Interests

Research interests are in the broad area of 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 socially responsible outsourcing, cloud computing in the charity sector, the management of shared service centres and digital entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Additional Information

Undergraduate IS Projects; Information Systems; Information Systems; Case Studies; IS Methodologies Postgraduate Globalisation and the Information Society; MSc courses at University of Salford and IIM Bangalore.

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Showing 48 publication(s)


  • Nicholson, B., Babin, R., & R. Lacity, M. (Eds.) (2016). Socially Responsible Outsourcing: Global Sourcing with Social Impact. (Technology, Work and Globalization). Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan .. Publication link: 0c69414a-2393-4f55-9801-f07f6512aff6
  • Ismail, S. A., Heeks, R., Nicholson, B., & Aman, A. (2016). An institutional logics perspective on IT impact sourcing: case study of a developing country public-private partnership. In European Conference on Information Systems 2016 Proceedings. Istanbul. . Publication link: 6a59b804-a54e-4cd5-88d0-75ab65812390


  • Malik, F., Nicholson, B., & Morgan, S. (2015). Evaluating Impact Sourcing: A Capabilities Perspective From a Case Study in Pakistan. In P. Neilsen (Ed.), Proceedings of 13 th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries. (pp. 429-441). Oslo, Norway: University of Oslo, Norway. . Publication link: 68227e0a-c580-4b0b-8012-dfe727997617
  • Nicholson, B., Quinones, G., Heeks, R., La Rovere, R. (Ed.), Ozório, L. (Ed.), & de Jesus Melo, L. (Ed.) (2015). A Literature Review of E-Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies: Positioning Research on Latin American Digital Startups. In Entrepreneurship in BRICS Policy and Research to Support Entrepreneurs. (pp. 179-209). Switzerland: Springer Verlag. . Publication link: 6d93c0e1-570e-4823-839d-a12355cbf1ff
  • Nicholson, B., Malik, F., Morgan, S., & Heeks, R. (2015). EXPLORING HYBRIDS OF COMMERCIAL AND WELFARE LOGICS IN IMPACT SOURCING. In P. Neilsen (Ed.), Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (IFIP 9.4). (pp. 78-91). Oslo, Norway: Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway. . Publication link: 435f3932-0d10-4f4d-a7e6-7c7614864585


  • Nicholson, B., Babin, R., Hirschheim, R. (Ed.), Heinzl, A. (Ed.), & Dibbern, J. (Ed.) (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility in Global IT Outsourcing: A Case Study of Inter-Firm Collaboration. In Information Systems Outsourcing - Towards Sustainable Business Value. (4 ed., pp. 431-451). New York: Springer Verlag. . Publication link: 8827f433-bcdf-4c0e-bde0-7894f8be5104


  • Khosravani, A., Nicholson, B., & Wood-Harper, T. (2013). A case study analysis of risk, trust and control in cloud computingA case study analysis of risk, trust and control in cloud computingA case study analysis of risk, trust and control in cloud computing. In host publication. (pp. 879-887). IEEE. . Publication link: aeed9c9f-5dc8-4158-b327-9b3545dbd527
  • Elharidy, A., Nicholson, B., & Scapens, R. (2013). The Embeddedness of Control in Accounting Outsourcing. Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, 10(1), 60-77. . Publication link: dd199ade-6794-427a-89f9-8bc98445e787
  • Nicholson, B., Malik, F., & Morgan, S. (2013). Assessing the Social Development Potential of Impact Sourcing. Paper presented at Proceedings of 6th Annual SIG GlobDev Workshop ICT in Global Development Milano, Italy; December 14, .. Publication link: f88366a9-dd63-44d4-a13f-7c21fca7c04b
  • Nicholson, B., Bass, J., & Subrahmanian, E. (2013). A Framework Using Institutional Analysis and the Capability Approach in ICT4D. Information Technology and International Development, 9(1), 19-35. . Publication link: 16637202-e059-43e2-9c21-feb0660d20de
  • Quinones, G., Nicholson, B., & Heeks, R. (2013). Positioning Research on E-Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies: A Study of Latin-American Digital Ventures. In Proceedings of 3rd Conference of the International Consortium of Studies on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIER) Policies to Support Entrepreneurship Rio de Janeiro.. Publication link: 41baa814-e476-49bf-a6c6-b5a758068422
  • Malik, F., Nicholson, B., & Morgan, S. (2013). Towards a Taxonomy and Critique of Impact Sourcing. In The 8th International Conference in Critical Management Studies.. Publication link: 483628dc-dcaf-4374-94b2-694ed58fa02f


  • Babin, R., & Nicholson, B. (2012). Sustainable global outsourcing: Achieving social and environmental responsibility in global IT and business process outsourcing. (Technology, work and globalization). Palgrave Macmillan .. Publication link: 1e5f23f3-db98-4f83-ab78-15352ec79d76
  • Nicholson, B., & Aman, A. (2012). Managing Attrition in Offshore Finance and Accounting Outsourcing: Exploring the Interplay of Competing Institutional Logics. Strategic outsourcing international journal, 5(3), 232-247. . Publication link: 94ba44ce-b95e-4130-aaa2-94e026cfa698



  • Ameripour, A., Nicholson, B., & Newman, M. (2010). Conviviality of internet social networks: An exploratory study of internet campaigns in Iran. Journal of Information Technology, 25(2), 244-257. DOI: 10.1057/jit.2010.14. Publication link: 3d8e6180-9068-4cbd-8d4f-10f401f39b56


  • Babin, R., & Nicholson, B. (2009). Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility and Global IT Outsourcing. MIS Quarterly Executive, 8(4), 203-222. . Publication link: 01f6f6e6-d8b7-4554-a3fd-4a2aa11c2965
  • Byrne, E., Nicholson, B., & Salem, B. (2009). Proceedings of IFIP 9.4 Working Group Conference. In host publication. Dubai: Dubai school of government. . Publication link: da359de7-1a98-47cd-bd46-a378b665062e


  • Nicholson, B., & Aman, A. (2008). Risk and Control of Offshore Outsourced Accounting. (Centre for Business Performance). London: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).. Publication link: 347845fd-3b18-425e-8e71-8df7d9a5ce32
  • Aman, A., & Nicholson, B. (2008). Mind the gap! Understanding knowledge in global software teams. In IFIP International Federation for Information Processing|IFIP Int. Fed. Inf. Process.. (Vol. 267, pp. 321-330). New York: Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-09768-8_23. Publication link: ed2bd117-047d-425f-9483-ab9938a195c8


  • Nicholson, B., & Sahay, S. (2006). Knowledge management in offshore software development. In Information Systems Outsourcing (Second Edition): Enduring Themes, New Perspectives and Global Challenges|Inf. Syst. Outsourcing (Second Edition): Enduring Themes, New Perspectives and Global Challenges. (pp. 659-685). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-34877-1_24. Publication link: ba48203b-01c8-4c67-a45a-3a026317ab9a


  • Nicholson, B., & Sahay, S. (2005). Human Resource Development In The Context of Software Exports: case evidence from Costa Rica. In host publication.. Publication link: 88434ff6-9bc7-4d82-9e7c-a3fb0c30f1be


  • Espenlaub, S., & Nicholson, B. (2004). Transaction-Cost Minimizing Strategies in Offshore Accounting Outsourcing. In host publication.. Publication link: 66b74edf-8fa3-48d7-83e7-2977a41cb9a7
  • Carmel, E. N. B., & Nicholson, B. (2004). Offshore Outsourcing Practices of Small Firms. Journal of Global Information Management, 13(3), 33-54. . Publication link: 02df4fe6-6db3-4a60-8c7e-86207eaa6df7
  • Espenlaub, S., Nicholson, B., & Jones, B. (2004). Offshore Outsourcing of Accounting Services: transaction costs and mitigating strategies. In APIRA.. Publication link: c1bcc1d9-3f43-4652-8ea4-6cc34043488a


  • Nicholson, B. (2003). Offshore Software Sourcing by Small Firms: An Analysis of Risk, Trust and Control. In host publication.. Publication link: dc16b2b6-1f1a-40bf-b67e-7536754b8b60
  • Aman, A., & Nicholson, B. (2003). The process of offshore software development: Preliminary studies of UK companies in Malaysia. In IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology|IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. (Vol. 126, pp. 201-216). Springer New York. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-35695-2. Publication link: e80cd9e6-6461-4c4c-a9c8-f92c5d7cd8c8
  • Nicholson, B., & Sahay, S. (2003). Building Iran's Software industry: an assessment of plans and prospects. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 13, 1-19. . Publication link: 68587a43-e0f9-4868-af2f-80494b2e43f8
  • Sahay, S., Nicholson, B., & Krishna, S. (2003). Global IT Outsourcing: Software Development Across Borders. Cambridge University Press.. Publication link: 88fafac7-efca-4b93-9292-d8f77eaa59e9


  • Nicholson, B., Sahay, S., Heeks, R., & Krishna, S. (2002). Trajectories and Strategies in Global Software Outsourcing Relationships. In host publication. Hershey PA: IRM Press. . Publication link: 71c0b5b3-a19f-4ca0-aa0e-cc240e1b444d



  • Nicholson, B. (2000). Work Practices and Local Improvisations Within Global Software Teams: A Case of a UK Subsidiary in India. In host publication.. Publication link: 792e12f5-d8b6-47dd-80cf-6d6df5c4fcfb


  • Nicholson, B. (1999). A Case Study of Campus Based Flexible Learning Using the World Wide Web and Computer Conferencing. Alt J, 6(3), 38-46. . Publication link: dbcb3935-d68f-488c-a374-b4c498a3e222
  • Nicholson, B. (1999). Bridging the Divide: A Critique of the Globalisation of Information Systems Education. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, 58, 285-290. . Publication link: f47f0a23-5ead-42b7-8e87-fb7a3d436439


  • Nicholson, B., & Avison, D. (Ed.) (1997). Educating Information Systems Practitioners: An Adequate Preparation for the "Babble of Voices"? In Key Issues in Information Systems. Mcgraw Hill. . Publication link: 71db382a-9152-46f9-b912-77f6d5f09e4d