Dr Fiona Buick

HDR Coordinator


Room 314, Building 27


Dr Fiona Buick is a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. Fiona’s research focus is on the role of organisational culture, strategic human resource management and human resource management in enabling group and organizational effectiveness within the public sector. She also focuses on the dynamics involved in structural change and intra- and inter-organisational joining-up, highlighting tensions between informal and formal institutional practices.


Fiona holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management, Masters of Human Resource Management, Graduate Diploma in Employment Relations and a Bachelor of Applied Psychology, all from the University of Canberra. Prior to commencing her PhD, Fiona worked as a human resource practitioner in the Australian Public Service and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.


Fiona is a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. Fiona is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and the Academy of Management.


For Future Research Students: Ph.D. scholarships ($35,000 per year) are available for high achieving students (with H1 /High Distinction in UG and Masters by Research). If you are interested contact me at f.buick@adfa.edu.au

Research Area

Book Chapters

Carey G; Malbon E; Buick F, 2018, 'Boundary spanners: towards a theory of practice.', in Craven L; Dickinson H; Carey G (ed.), Crossing Boundaries in Public Management and Policy: Tackling the Critical Challenges., Routledge, New York, N.Y., pp. 121 - 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315206271-13

Carey G; Buick F; Malbon E, 2017, 'Institutions and wicked problem', in Farazmand A (ed.), Global Encyclopaedia of Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance. Springer

Dickson TJ; Terwiel FA; Buick F, 2017, 'Volunteer management at the paralympic games', in Managing the Paralympics, pp. 193 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-43522-4_9

Blackman D; Buick F; O'Donnell M; O'Flynn J; West D, 2016, 'Performance Management as a Strategic Tool for Change', in Blackman D; O'Donnell M; Teo S (ed.), Human Capital Management Research, edn. Contemporary Perspectives in Human Capital and Development, IAP Information Age Publishing, USA, pp. 149 - 162

Blackman D; Buick F; West D; O'Donnell M; O'Flynn J, 2015, 'PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT: CREATING HIGH PERFORMANCE, NOT HIGH ANXIETY', in Wanna J; Lee H-A; Yates S (ed.), Managing Under Austerity, Delivering Under Pressure, ANU Press, Acton, Australia, pp. 79 - 102, http://press.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ch052.pdf

Buick F, 2014, 'The Culture Solution? Culture and Common Purpose in Australia', in O'Flynn J; Blackman D; Halligan J (ed.), Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management: The International Experience, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 78 - 91

Buick F, 2013, 'Boundary Spanning to Address Indigenous Disadvantage in Australia', in Langan-Fox J; Cooper CL (ed.), Boundary-Spanning in Organizations: Network, Influence, and Conflict, Routledge, New York, pp. 143 - 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203488058

Halligan J; Buick F; O'Flynn J, 2011, 'Experiments with joined-up, horizontal and whole-of-government in Anglophone countries', in International Handbook on Civil Service Systems, pp. 74 - 99

Halligan J; Buick F; O'Flynn J, 2011, 'Joined-Up, Horizontal and Whole-of-Government in Anglophone Countries', in Massey A (ed.), International Handbook on Civil Service Systems, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 74 - 102

Journal articles

Johnson SJ; Blackman DA; Buick F, 2018, 'The 70:20:10 framework and the transfer of learning', Human Resource Development Quarterly, vol. 29, pp. 383 - 402, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hrdq.21330

Carey G; Buick F; Malbon E, 2018, 'The unintended consequences of structural change: When formal and informal institutions collide in efforts to address wicked problems', International Journal of Public Administration, vol. 41, pp. 1169 - 1180, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2017.1350708

Buick F; Blackman D; Johnson S, 2018, 'Enabling Middle Managers as Change Agents: Why Organisational Support Needs to Change', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 77, pp. 222 - 235, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12293

Buick F; Carey G; Pescud M, 2018, 'Structural Changes to the Public Sector and Cultural Incompatibility: The Consequences of Inadequate Cultural Integration', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 77, pp. 50 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12262

Buick F; Carey G; Pescud M, 2017, 'Structural changes to the public sector and cultural incompatibility: the consequences of political decisions and inadequate change management.', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 77, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12262

Carey G; Buick F; Malbon E, 2017, 'The Unintended Consequences of Structural Change: When Formal and Informal Institutions Collide in Efforts to Address Wicked Problems', International Journal of Public Administration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2017.1350708

Blackman D; Buick F; O'Donnell M, 2017, 'Why Performance Management Is Not Like Dieting', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 76, pp. 524 - 528, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12238

Blackman D; Buick F; O'flynn J; O'donnell M; West D, 2017, 'Managing Expectations to Create High Performance Government', Review of Public Personnel Administration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0734371X17701544

Carey G; Buick F; Pescud M; Malbon E, 2016, 'Preventing dysfunction and improving policy advice: the role of intra-departmental boundary spanners', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 76, pp. 176 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12213

Blackman DA; Buick F; O'Flynn J, 2016, 'From engaging to enabling: Could an asset-based approach transform Indigenous affairs?', Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, vol. on line first, pp. 1632 - 1651, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263774X16629674

Buick F; Blackman D; O'Flynn J; O'Donnell M; West D, 2016, 'Effective Practitioner-Scholar Relationships: Lessons from a Coproduction Partnership', Public Administration Review, vol. 76, pp. 35 - 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/puar.12481

Buick F; Blackman DA; O'Donnell ME; O'Flynn JL; West D, 2015, 'Can enhanced performance management support public sector change?', Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 28, pp. 271 - 289, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-12-2013-0249

O'Flynn J; Buick F; Blackman D; Halligan J, 2011, 'You Win Some, You Lose Some: Experiments with Joined-Up Government', International Journal of Public Administration, vol. 34, pp. 244 - 254, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2010.540703

Blackman DA; Buick F; Halligan J; O'Flynn JL; Marsh I, 2010, 'Australian Experiences with Whole of Government: Constraints and Paradoxes in Practice', SSRN Electronic Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1927603

Conference Papers

MacKrell D; McDonald C; Buick F; Kleeman D, 2016, 'Boundary spanning theory: A case study of the professionalisation of ICT graduates in the Australian Public Service', in Proceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2016

Blackman D; Johnson S; Buick F; Faifua D; O'Donnell M; Forsythe M, 2016, 'The 70:20:10 model for learning and development: an effective model for capability development?', in Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2016, Academy of Management Annual Conference, USA, presented at Academy of Management Annual Conference, USA, 05 August 2016 - 09 August 2016

Buick F; Blackman D; West D; O'Flynn J; O'Donnell M, 2014, 'Enhancing performance in the australian public service: A case of co-production', in 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2014, pp. 123 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2014.181

Blackman D; Buick F; Odonnell M; Oflynn J; West D, 2013, 'Managing expectations to create high performance government', in Academy of Management 2013 Annual Meeting, AOM 2013, pp. 424 - 429, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2013.11