Rodney Scott

Adjunct Professor

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

His substantive role is as the Chief Policy Advisor for New Zealand’s Public Service 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 is also the chief science advisor for the Public Service Commission, with overall leadership responsibility for science and research, and serves on the government chief science advisor forum. Rodney is a board member of the Institute of Public Administration of New Zealand, chair of the Victoria University of Wellington School of Government Trust, and an adjunct fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government where he has served on the research committee and editorial board.

Rodney has completed several research fellowships while on sabbatical from his substantive role at the Public Service Commission. He is a 2022 affiliated researcher the Cambridge University's Bennett Institute of Public Policy, and was previously 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.

PUBLICATIONS

Books
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Scott R; Boyd R, 2022, Interagency Performance Targets Better Service Through a Focus on Results, Brookings / Ash Center Series, "Innovative Governance in the 21st Century
2022
Scott R; Boyd R, 2022, Targeting Commitment Interagency Performance in New Zealand, Brookings Institution Press
2022
Corbett J; Grube DC; Lovell HC; Scott RJ, 2020, Institutional Memory as Storytelling How Networked Government Remembers, Cambridge University Press
2020
Scott R, 2018, Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer
2018
Scott RJ; Boyd R, 2017, Interagency Performance Targets: A Case Study of New Zealand’s Results Programme, Business of Government, IBM, New York, http://www.businessofgovernment.org/sites/default/files/Interagency%20Performance%20Targets.pdf
2017
Book Chapters
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Scott R, 2021, 'High autonomy, high alignment: coordinating a more unified public service', in Policy-making Under Pressure Rethinking the Policy Process in Aotearoa New Zealand
2021
Scott R, 2020, 'Collaboration Governance and System Dynamics Modelling: What Do Clients Want?', in Enabling Collaborative Governance through Systems Modeling Methods Public Policy Design and Implementation, Springer Nature
2020
Scott R, 2018, 'Desired Outcomes of Group Model Building', in Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer, pp. 5 - 18
2018
Scott R, 2018, 'Introduction', in Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer, pp. 1 - 4
2018
Scott R, 2018, 'Basic Elements of Group Model Building', in Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer, pp. 19 - 28
2018
Scott R, 2018, 'Outcomes of Group Model Building', in Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer, pp. 29 - 44
2018
Scott R, 2018, 'Communication Quality, Insight, Consensus and Commitment to Conclusions', in Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer, pp. 45 - 54
2018
Scott R, 2018, 'Mental Model Alignment', in Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer, pp. 55 - 68
2018
Scott R, 2018, 'Explanatory Mechanisms for Group Model Building', in Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer, pp. 69 - 86
2018
Scott R, 2018, 'Comparing Participant Support for Different Explanatory Mechanisms', in Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer, pp. 87 - 98
2018
Scott R, 2018, 'Building Integrated Theory', in Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer, pp. 99 - 113
2018
Scott R, 2018, 'Discussion', in Group Model Building Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Enduring Agreement, Springer, pp. 115 - 119
2018
Scott R; Cavana RY; Cameron D, 2017, 'Interpersonal Success Factors for Strategy Implementation: A Case Study Using Group Model Building', in System Dynamics Soft and Hard Operational Research, Springer, pp. 133 - 162
2017
Scott RJ; Boyd R, 2016, 'Results, Targets and Measures to Drive Collaboration: Lessons from the New Zealand Better Public Services reforms', in The Three Sector Solution Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business, ANU Press, pp. 235 - 257
2016
Conference Papers
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Scott RJ, 2016, 'Do capability reviews improve agency performance? A quantitative summative assessment of the New Zealand Performance Improvement Framework', in Public Management Research Conference, Public Management Research Conference, Aarhus, presented at Public Management Research Conference, Aarhus, 22 June 2016 - 24 June 2016
2016
Scott RJ; Boyd R, 2016, 'Collaborating for results in New Zealand: Evaluation using mixed methods and triangulation.', in Collaborating for results in New Zealand: Evaluation using mixed methods and triangulation., International Public Management Network, St Gallen Switzerland, presented at International Public Management Network, St Gallen Switzerland, 01 June 2016 - 03 June 2016
2016
Vitalis H; Scott RJ, 2015, 'Joint ventures in the public sector: Translating lessons from the private sector to New Zealand government departments', in Joint ventures in the public sector: Translating lessons from the private sector to New Zealand government departments, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Queenstown, New Zealand, presented at Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Queenstown, New Zealand, 01 December 2015 - 04 December 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.3836.2645
2015
Scott RJ; Boyd R, 2015, 'The New Zealand Better Public Services Results: a comparative analysis linking inter-agency collaboration with outcome performance', in The New Zealand Better Public Services Results: a comparative analysis linking inter-agency collaboration with outcome performance, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Queenstown, New Zealand, presented at Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Queenstown, New Zealand, 01 December 2015 - 04 December 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.4884.8401
2015
Scott RJ; Cavana RY; Cameron D, 2014, 'Group model building - do clients value reported outcomes?', in Group model building - do clients value reported outcomes?, International System Dynamics Society, Delft, Netherlands, presented at International System Dynamics Society, Delft, Netherlands, 16 July 2014 - 19 July 2014, http://www.systemdynamics.org/conferences/2014/proceed/papers/P1017.pdf
2014
Cavana RY; Smith T; Scott RJ; O'Connor S, 2014, 'Causal mapping of the New Zealand natural resources sector: a group model building approach.', in Causal mapping of the New Zealand natural resources sector: a group model building approach., International System Dynamics Society, Delft, Netherlands, presented at International System Dynamics Society, Delft, Netherlands, 16 July 2014 - 19 July 2014, http://www.systemdynamics.org/conferences/2014/proceed/papers/P1412.pdf
2014
Scott RJ, 2013, 'Evaluating long-term impact of qualitative system dynamics workshops on participant mental models', in Evaluating long-term impact of qualitative system dynamics workshops on participant mental models, International System Dynamics Society, Boston, USA, presented at International System Dynamics Society, Boston, USA, 17 July 2013 - 21 July 2013, http://www.systemdynamics.org/conferences/2013/proceed/papers/P1084.pdf
2013
Scott RJ; Cavana RY; Cameron D, 2013, 'Mechanisms for understanding mental model change in group model building', in 57th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, ISSS 2013: Curating the Conditions for a Thrivable Planet, Hai Phong Vietnam, pp. 301 - 319, presented at International Society for Systems Sciences, Hai Phong Vietnam, 16 July 2013 - 20 July 2013, http://journals.isss.org/index.php/proceedings57th/article/viewFile/2056/711
2013
Scott RJ; Cavana RY; Cameron D, 2012, 'Improving consensus and commitment to strategy implementation: evaluating systems thinking workshops', in Improving consensus and commitment to strategy implementation: evaluating systems thinking workshops, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Perth, Australia, presented at Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Perth, Australia, 01 December 2012 - 04 December 2012, http://www.anzam.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf-manager/289_ANZAM-2012-205.PDF
2012
Scott RJ; Cavana RY; Cameron D; Maani KE, 2012, 'Evaluation of group model building in a strategy implementation context: a New Zealand government case study', in Evaluation of group model building in a strategy implementation context: a New Zealand government case study, International System Dynamics Conference., St Gallen, Switzerland, presented at International System Dynamics Conference., St Gallen, Switzerland, 17 July 2012 - 21 July 2012, http://www.systemdynamics.org/conferences/2012/proceed/papers/P1464.pdf
2012
Scott RJ; Cavana RY; Cameron D, 2012, 'Evaluating the impact of systems thinking workshops on strategy implementation in a government department', in Evaluating the impact of systems thinking workshops on strategy implementation in a government department, Operational Research Society New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 337 - 337, presented at 46th ORSNZ Annual Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 10 December 2012 - 11 December 2012
2012
Conference Presentations
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Scott RJ; Boyd R, 2016, 'Case studies in collaborating for better public services', presented at Australia Political Science Association, Sydney, 26 September 2016 - 28 September 2016
2016
Grube D; Scott RJ; Corbett J; Lovell H; Butler T, 2016, 'Institutional Memory and Collaborative Governance – Is it Possible to Have Both?', presented at Australian Political Science Association, Sydney, 26 September 2016 - 28 September 2016
2016
Scott RJ, 2016, 'Assessing the performance of agency chief executives', presented at Australian Political Science Association, Sydney, 26 September 2016 - 28 September 2016
2016
Journal articles
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Blokland GAM; Grove J; Chen CY; Cotsapas C; Tobet S; Handa R; St Clair D; Lencz T; Mowry BJ; Periyasamy S; Cairns MJ; Tooney PA; Wu JQ; Kelly B; Kirov G; Sullivan PF; Corvin A; Riley BP; Esko T; Milani L; Jönsson EG; Palotie A; Ehrenreich H; Begemann M; Steixner-Kumar A; Sham PC; Iwata N; Weinberger DR; Gejman PV; Sanders AR; Buxbaum JD; Rujescu D; Giegling I; Konte B; Hartmann AM; Bramon E; Murray RM; Pato MT; Lee J; Melle I; Molden E; Ophoff RA; McQuillin A; Bass NJ; Adolfsson R; Malhotra AK; Martin NG; Fullerton JM; Mitchell PB; Schofield PR; Forstner AJ; Degenhardt F; Schaupp S; Comes AL; Kogevinas M; Guzman-Parra J; Reif A; Streit F; Sirignano L; Cichon S; Grigoroiu-Serbanescu M; Hauser J; Lissowska J; Mayoral F; Müller-Myhsok B; Swiatkowska B; Schulze TG; Nöthen MM; Rietschel M; Kelsoe J; Leboyer M; Jamain S; Etain B; Bellivier F; Vincent JB; Alda M; O'Donovan C; Cervantes P; Biernacka JM; Frye M; McElroy SL; Scott LJ; Stahl EA; Landén M; Hamshere ML; Smeland OB; Djurovic S; Vaaler AE; Andreassen OA; Baune BT; Air TM; Preisig M; Uher R; Levinson DF; Weissman MM; Potash JB; Shi J; Knowles JA; Perlis RH; Lucae S, 2022, 'Sex-Dependent Shared and Nonshared Genetic Architecture Across Mood and Psychotic Disorders', Biological Psychiatry, vol. 91, pp. 102 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2021.02.972
2022
Scott RJ; Donadelli F; Merton ERK, 2022, 'Administrative philosophies in the discourse and decisions of the New Zealand public service: is post-New Public Management still a myth?', International Review of Administrative Sciences, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00208523221101727
2022
Scott RJ; Merton ERK, 2021, 'When the going gets tough, the goal-committed get going: overcoming the transaction costs of inter-agency collaborative governance', Public Management Review, vol. 23, pp. 1640 - 1663, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2021.1879916
2021
Scott RJ; Macaulay M, 2020, 'Making sense of New Zealand’s ‘spirit of service’: social identity and the civil service', Public Money and Management, vol. 40, pp. 579 - 588, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2020.1735109
2020
Scott RJ; Boyd R, 2020, 'Determined to succeed: Can goal commitment sustain interagency collaboration?', PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0952076720905002
2020
Scott R; Bardach E, 2018, 'A comparison of management adaptations for joined‐up government: Lessons from New Zealand', Australian Journal of Public Administration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12348
2018
Corbett J; Grube DC; Lovell H; Scott R, 2018, 'Singular memory or institutional memories? Toward a dynamic approach', Governance, vol. 31, pp. 555 - 573, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gove.12340
2018
Scott RJ; Boyd R, 2017, 'Joined-Up for What? Response to Carey and Harris on Adaptive Collaboration', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 76, pp. 138 - 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12233
2017
Scott RJ, 2017, 'Explaining how group model building supports enduring agreement', Journal of Management and Organization, pp. 1 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jmo.2017.12
2017
Scott RJ, 2017, 'The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results Robert D.Behn (Brookings Institution Press, Washington DC, 2014, ISBN 978-0-8157-2527-5 (paperback), 413 pp.)', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 76, pp. 268 - 270, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12226
2017
Scott RJ; Cavana RY; Cameron D, 2016, 'Recent evidence on the effectiveness of group model building', European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 249, pp. 908 - 918, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2015.06.078
2016
Scott RJ; Cavana RY; Cameron D, 2016, 'Client Perceptions of Reported Outcomes of Group Model Building in the New Zealand Public Sector', Group Decision and Negotiation, vol. 25, pp. 77 - 101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10726-015-9433-y
2016
Scott RJ; Cavana RY; Cameron D, 2015, 'Interpersonal success factors for strategy implementation: a case study using group model building', Journal of the Operational Research Society, vol. 66, pp. 1023 - 1034, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/jors.2014.70
2015
Scott RJ; Cavana RY; Cameron D, 2014, 'Mechanisms for Understanding Mental Model Change in Group Model Building', Systems Research and Behavioral Science, vol. 33, pp. n/a - n/a, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sres.2303
2014
Scott RJ, 2014, 'A Systems Perspective on the Natural Resources Framework: comment on Hearnshaw et al.', Policy Quarterly, vol. 10, pp. 59 - 62, http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/publications/files/3d69af7dcc4.pdf
2014
Scott RJ; Cavana RY; Cameron D, 2013, 'Evaluating immediate and long-term impacts of qualitative group model building workshops on participants' mental models', System Dynamics Review, vol. 29, pp. 216 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sdr.1505
2013
Working Papers
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Scott RJ, 2016, Theoretical foundations of department chief executive performance appraisals, http://dx.doi.org10.13140/RG.2.1.4702.1049
2016
Scott RJ, 2016, The performance relationship between department chief executives and the State Services Commission in New Zealand., http://dx.doi.org10.13140/RG.2.1.4299.4162/1
2016
Scott RJ, 2016, Case studies in collaborating for better public services, http://dx.doi.orghttp://10.0.51.84/RG.2.1.3232.8081
2016
Scott RJ, 2016, Collective impact in the Public Sector: the New Zealand Results approach, http://dx.doi.org10.13140/RG.2.1.2839.5929
2016
Organisational units
lensSchool of Business
lensPublic Service Research Group
Sub Theme
lensPublic Service Management