Dr Stephen Little is a member of The Open University's Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise.
Stephen has degrees in Architecture and Applied Psychology. He has been researching technology and organisation since leaving architectural practice in 1981 to undertake a PhD at the Department of Design Research, Royal College of Art, London. This examined the organisational dynamics of innovation in computer aided architectural design at his former employer, the Scottish Special Housing Assocation (since incorporated into the Scottish Government).
He joined The Open University in 1999 as course team chair for the presentation of the MBA elective course in Managing Knowledge (B823) following eleven years in Australia based at Griffith University, Brisbane, and the University of Wollongong NSW.
While in Australia Stephen 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.
Currently he holds visiting positions in the Department of Technology and Innovation, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands, and in Business Logistics, Innovation and Systems at the University of Bolton, UK.
His current research interests include the role of migration in the transfer of intellectual capital and regional capacity and development. He was co-investigator on an ESRC Science in Society small award 'Diffusion of Knowledge through Migration of Science Labour in India: Issues, Challenges and Implications'. This project rated was 'outstanding' by independent assessors.
With European colleagues he is investigating the role of place branding, identity and heritage in the attraction of inward migration and investment and as a member of the CERN-MODE collaboration he is investigating the role of technology transfer from large scale scientific collaborations in maintaining governmental and public support for pure science research.
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. His book, Design and Determination: the role of information technology in redressing regional inequities in the development process, was published by Ashgate in 2004 and is now available on-line.
In 2005 Dr Little contributed a State of Science Review: The social impacts of intelligent infrastructure on transport for the UK DTI Foresight Project on Intelligent Infrastructure Systems.
As Chairman of the Asia Pacific Technology Network he has been a delegate and invited participant at High Technology Fora in London, Seoul and in Shanghai and in July 2011 was an invited participant in a high-level joint EU/US conference on the science of science policy hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation and consequently a co-author of the subsequent Bellagio Statement (http://www.iscintelligence.com/event.php?id=22).
He attended the October launch of this report at the European Parliament and is contributing to EU Council Secretariat discussions of a pilot European implementation and in January 2012 participated in an ONR led seminar on R&D led innovation also in Brussels.
Since leaving Australia Dr Little has maintained his links to colleagues in the Pacific Rim nations and as Board Member at Large for the Asia Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (www.apros.org) he is co-organising their 2013 conference on the impact on organisational forms of the recovering and reconfiguring global economy, to be hosted by Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.
He is working with Swedish colleagues in the University of Lund and Region Skane and with Professor Paul Couchman at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia, on a comparative study of the economic impacts of high energy physics investments on regional economies and their global links.
He holds a reciprocal appointment at the Rotterdam School of Management in conjunction with visiting Professor Frank Go and is a member, of the International Program Board of the Masters in Hospitality Management, Hotelschool Den Haag, Netherlands.