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Stephen Little is Chairman of the Asia Pacific Technology Network (APTN), a company limited by guarantee. The aim of the company is to raise awareness of the developments occurring in high technology in Asian countries and to encourage collaboration between companies in the UK (and wider Europe) and those in the Asia-Pacific region.

As a member of APTN he had attended meetings and conferences in a number of European and Asian countries. In 2014 he presented at meetings in Japan and Turkey. In 2013 and 2012 he participated in meetings in the UK, China and Japan and in 2011 contributed to the Bellagio Statement on an EU/U.S. Roadmap to Measuring the Results of Investments in Science on the Science of Science Policy.

From 1999 to 2013 he was Senior Lecturer in Knowledge Management at The Open University Business School (OUBS). He has been a visitor at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), has held a visiting Chair in Business Logistics, Innovation and Systems (BLIS) at the University of Bolton and was a member of the International Board of the Masters programme, Hotelschool, Den Haag. Currently he is the external examiner for the MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the Manchester Business School.

He was a member of the CERN-MODE collaboration between European social scientists and the ATLAS experiment and is researching the flows of knowledge and capability between regions in the global economy with colleagues at the Open University and elsewhere. He has co-edited books and journal issues covering the influence of the Asian economies in the twenty-first century, intelligent urban development and meta-governance.

Details of these research interests can be found here.

A full curriculum vitae is available here.

Stephen has degrees in Architecture and Applied Psychology. He has been researching technology and organisations since leaving architectural practice in 1981 to undertake a PhD on the organisational dynamics of innovation in computer aided architectural design. This was undertaken at the Department of Design Research, Royal College of Art, London where he made extensive use of on-line information resources and the ARPANet, precursor of the Internet.

His professional experience includes a decade as an architect in the U.K. public housing sector, prior to his PhD studies. This was followed by eleven years in Australia based at Griffith University, Brisbane, and the University of Wollongong NSW.

While in Australia he held visiting appointments to the Urban Research Program at the Australian National University and the Fujitsu Centre for Managing Information Technology in Organisations at the Australian Graduate School of Management. At the former he investigated non-place aspects of community. At the latter he studied the deployment of knowledge-based computer systems in a number of key sectors, including rail transportation.

In 1996 he joined the Department of Business Information Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University to develop a final year subject preparing computing professionals for work in a globalised economy and has published a number of papers on the cross-cultural dimensions of information systems in this context.

He joined the Open University in 1999 as course team chair for the presentation of a new MBA elective course Managing Knowledge. As well as involving students across Western and Eastern Europe, this course was also presented by affiliated institutions in South Africa and Hong Kong.

As Senior Lecturer in Knowledge Management in the OU Business School he Little was a member of the Centre Innovation, Knowledge and Enterprise, then the Department of Public Leadership and Socal Enterprise (PuLSE) and of the University's Centre on Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD).

In addition to the MBA elective in Managing Knowledge he chaired an MBA (Life Sciences) and was presentation chair of the key course Strategic Management in Life Sciences and Heath Care. Subsequently he contributed to undergraduate modules in strategy and entrepreneurship.

On his return to the UK in 1996 he undertook Japanese language courses at the North West Japan Centre and is a member of the UK-Japan Society North West. On his most recent visit to Japan in 2014 he visited Tohoku and Hokkaido for the first time.

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Stephen Little's current research interests include the role of the migration of skilled labour in regional development and the contribution of large science projects to the wider economy. He took part in a presentation of the work of the MODE Collaboration on 20 September 2011 at CERN entitled Knowledge Exchange in ATLAS: a Social Scientific Study

This research into the role of technology transfer in maintaining governmental and public support has involved collaboration 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.

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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