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
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
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
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
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.