Professor Deborah Blackman

Head of School - School of Business

Professor Deborah Blackman is the Head of School of Business and Professor in Public Sector Management Strategy.

Her research is focused in the area of public service management, in particular strategy development and implementation. Professor Blackman’s academic background is in a range of management and administration related fields: human resource management; organisational learning, knowledge management, training and development, as well as the management of change and organisational behaviour. The common theme of her work is developing effective knowledge development, acquisition and transfer in order to improve organisational effectiveness in a range of applied, real world contexts.

Before coming to UNSW in 2014, Professor Blackman was the Director of the Graduate Research Office at the University of Canberra, where she managed a small team that undertakes strategic planning, develops policy and delivers the HDR research education programme for the University.

Professor Blackman is currently working on a range of projects relating her interests to improving public sector outcomes. Recent highlights include: (a) undertaking ‘An evaluation of understanding of Performance Management in the AFP which was unusual as it was a pre-implementation benchmark; (b) working with the Australian Institute of Police management to evaluate a new leadership development intervention; (c) the ‘Most Innovative Public Sector Research’ award at the Academy of Management related to a paper based upon the ‘Strengthening the Performance Framework’ research which is being undertaken in collaboration with the Australian Public Service Commission, (d) an invitation to evaluate the performance management framework being implemented by the Ghana Public Commission, and (e) the enhancement of Disaster Recovery Models to create more clarity in terms of the redevelopment stage which is currently under researched or understood in terms of the roles of both leadership and government.