Dr. Barrie R. Nault

Distinguished Research Professor

Director – Informatics Research Centre (iRC)

Professor, Faculty - Business Technology Management


Dr. Barrie R. Nault is the Distinguished Research Professor in the Business Technology Management (formerly Management Information Systems) area of the Haskayne School of Business and is director of the Informatics Research Centre (iRC) at the University of Calgary. Before moving to Calgary in 2001 he was a faculty member at The Ohio State University, the University of California, and the University of Alberta. He received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems at the University of British Columbia (1990). Dr. Nault was also an Information Systems Department Editor for Management Science from 2004-07 and is a Distinguished Fellow of the INFORMS Information Systems Society.

Part of his current research is about how information technology (IT) affects productivity directly and indirectly through outsourcing, through complementarity with other capital and labor, through transaction costs, and through relationships along the supply chain. He also studies the impact of ownership, incentives, membership, and investment in new organizational forms such as alliances, networks, virtual organizations, and supply chains. He has recently done work on versioning strategies for information goods, entry into e-commerce markets, third-party logistics, and environmental incentives for new energy technology conversion. In addition, he studies the relationship between information technology and inflation and trade and productivity, as well as how IT value is created and how it affects the macroeconomy. 

His additional professional experience includes consulting for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, as a joint venture consultant for the British Columbia Systems Corporation's board of directors, as a network alliance consultant for Shell Canada Limited, and as an information systems advisor to the Canadian Cholesterol Reference Foundation. Prior to returning to complete his Ph.D. he worked for Merck Frosst Canada Inc. (Subsidiary of Merck and Co.), and for Canadian Pacific Limited.

Dr. Nault has published articles in Information Systems Research; Management Information Systems Quarterly; Management Science; Production and Operations Management; Strategic Management Journal; Marketing Science; Journal of Money, Credit and Banking; Journal of Monetary Economics; and Organization Science, among others. And he has held research grants from the NSF in the U.S. as well as NSERC and SSHRC in Canada.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Information Technology Value: Macro Effects, Systems for Information Sharing in Supply Chains, The Impact of Information Technology on Organizations and Markets, Incentives and Investments in Networks, Management of New Technology Entry and Exit, Environmental and Public Policy Programs for Technology Conversion, Macroeconomic Determinants of Inflation, Fairness in Supply Chains, Information Technology and Public Safety Networks, Impacts of the Smart Grid

Contact Information




Haskayne School of Business : Scurfield Hall 260