Professor Alan Brown

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Turing Fellow

Partner Institution


Alan W. Brown is Professor in Digital Economy at the University of Exeter’s Business School and co-founder of the Initiative in Digital Economy at Exeter (INDEX). After receiving a PhD in Computational Science at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Alan spent almost 20 years in the USA in commercial high-tech companies leading R&D teams, building leading-edge solutions, and driving innovation in software product delivery. He then spent 5 years in Madrid leading enterprise strategy as European CTO for IBM’s Software group. Most recently Alan co-founded the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) at the University of Surrey where he led research activities in 4 EPSRC-funded research projects.

The impact of Alan’s research is seen in his consulting activities where he advises several startups, and works with clients in the public and private sector including the UK National Audit Office, Centrica, SAP, Resonate, McLaren, and several UK Government agencies. Additionally, he has published 5 books and numerous papers on software engineering, systems design, and digital business transformation. 

Research interests

Alan’s research is focused on agile approaches to business transformation, and the relationship between technology innovation and business innovation in today’s rapidly evolving digital economy. His current research projects involve the adoption of digital technology in business, the effect of digital disruption in emerging business models, and the development of new management strategies and practices for data-driven innovation.