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Stephen Little, Guangzhou, 2014

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Stephen Little was Chairman of the Asia Pacific Technology Network (APTN) from 2008 to 2016. This was established as company limited by guarantee to encourage collaboration between the UK, wider Europe and Asia in the area of high technology, corporate strategy and entrepreneurship. It is now a networked virtual organisation.

He has served as a Council Member of Design Research Society and received the 1990 Design Studies Award. He is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association and a board member of Asia Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (APROS)

After graduating from the Birmingham School of Architecture he studied applied psychology at Aston University. In 1983, following a decade of practice as an architect in urban renewal in Manchester and Glasgow, he was awarded a PhD on the organisational impact of computer aided design at the Royal College of Art, London.

Subsequently he held full-time appointments in Information Systems at Griffith University Queensland, the University of Wollongong NSW, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and in Knowledge Management at the Open University, UK. He has also held visiting appointments in the Urban Research Program, Australian National University Canberra, the Australian Graduate School of Management, NSW, Bolton University, UK and Erasmus University, Netherlands.

Prior to his retirement from the Open University Business School in 2013 he had headed the Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Enterprise and been co-director of the cross-faculty Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development. He was also responsible for the development and delivery of teaching modules in knowledge management, entrepreneurship and strategic management in life sciences and healthcare. Most recently he served as external examiner for the Masters in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the Manchester Business School.

His current research interests include the global migration of skilled labour, the contribution of large science projects to innovation in the wider economy and the role of place-branding and heritage in regional development.

Details of these research interests can be found here.

A full curriculum vitae is available here.

 
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He is a co-editor of Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Experiences from East and West published by Springer in March 2017. Details HERE

Shortly after retiring from the Open University, in October 2013, he presented a paper co-authored with Professor Frank Go at the City Branding Symposium: Positioning Cities: Innovative and Sustainable Strategies for City Development and Transformation School of Communication and Journalism, Tsinghua University, Beijing.

'Co-creating a national brand portfolio to support inclusive growth' discussed the need to articulate a cohesive brand portfolio for the constituents of the rapidly growing city clusters in China.

The proceedings of this meeeting are now available for download (in English) HERE

His research continues with colleagues working on place leadership, branding and management and echoes his earlier contributions to urban renewal in North West England and Scotland as an architect during the 1970s and 1980s.

Details of additional publications from these and other research activities can be accessed HERE at the Open Research Online (ORO) depository
maintained by the Open University

 
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