Researcher

Dr Rodney James Scott

Fields of Research (FoR)

Public administration

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Biography

Associate Professor Rodney Scott is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Business at UNSW, Canberra.

His substantive role is as the Chief Policy Advisor for New Zealand’s State Services Commission, where he leads advice on the design and direction of New Zealand’s public services. He has previously worked at senior and executives levels; in management and advisory roles; in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors; in Australia and...view more

Associate Professor Rodney Scott is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Business at UNSW, Canberra.

His substantive role is as the Chief Policy Advisor for New Zealand’s State Services Commission, where he leads advice on the design and direction of New Zealand’s public services. He has previously worked at senior and executives levels; in management and advisory roles; in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors; in Australia and New Zealand. Rodney holds an adjunct affiliation to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government where he is a member of the research committee, and is the Chair of the Victoria University of Wellington School of Government Trust.

Rodney was a 2018 Fellow In Practice at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, and a 2017 Innovations Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has lectured in graduate programmes and executive training across four continents. Rodney completed PhD studies in system dynamics and public management at the University of Queensland, including the dissertation “Group model building and mental model change” which was awarded “best doctoral thesis” by the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management. He is widely published in system dynamics, operations research, group decision, public policy, and public administration. His current research interests include interagency collaboration, governance, performance management, institutional memory, social identity, public service motivation, and public service ethics. Rodney particularly welcomes contact from Australian researchers looking to understand New Zealand public management in a comparative context.


My Qualifications

PhD in Public Management and System Dynamics from the University of Queensland


My Research Activities

Current research projects:

  • Public service reform - currently working on a rewrite of New Zealand's State Sector Act 1988 on behalf of the New Zealand government, as well as supporting New Zealand's State Sector Leadership Team to lead New Zealand's public service reform programme.
  • Interagency performance targets - international research collaboration on targets and joined-up government, including a forthcoming book on interagency performance targets as part of a partnership between the Harvard University's Ash Centre for Governance and Democratic Innovation and the Brookings Institute.
  • Institutional memory - international research collaboration on institutional memory in public administration, particularly the retention of "learnings" through storytelling, including a forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press. 
  • Social identity as a driver of public servant behaviour - research on how antecedents and effects of identifying as being part of "the public service", particularly the effects on ingroup preference on cooperation, and behavioural norms.
  • The intersection between public service motivation and public service ethics - research to support public policy in New Zealand under the "spirit of service to the community" paradigm.
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