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.
Ccurently he is an external supervisor at the Centre for Islamic Finance, University of Bolton and Business Liaison Officer for the Stretford and Urmston Constituency Labour Party.
He is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association and has served as a Council Member of the Design Research Society (DRS) and received the 1990 Design Studies Award.
He was also a board member of Asia Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (APROS) and was co-organiser of their 2013 symposium 'APROS-15: Re-covering Organization' hosted by Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.
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. Subsequently 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
A full curriculum vitae is available here.