Associate Professor Rodney Scott is an adjunct faculty member of the UNSW Business School. 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.