Conversation with author Rodney Scott

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The Business of Government Radio Hour, hosted by Michael J. Keegan, features a conversation with a federal executive who is changing the way government does business. The executives discuss their careers and the management challenges facing their organizations. Guests include administrators, chief financial officers, chief information officers, chief operating officers, commissioners, controllers, directors, and undersecretaries.


Important social challenges cross agency boundaries, and working effectively to solve these problems is not easy. Join us as we explore how New Zealand tackles these wicked challenges with Rodney Scott, co-author of the IBM Center report, Interagency Performance Targets: A Case Study of New Zealand’s Results Programme. How have Public Management Reforms evolved in New Zealand? What is the New Zealand Results Programme? What can other governments learn from the New Zealand experience?


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Dr. Rodney Scott is currently a visiting fellow at the Ash Center For Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, where he is completing a research project exploring methods for managing (and improving) the performance of senior public servants. Dr. Scott is the Principal Research Fellow for New Zealand’s State Services Commission, where he leads the public management research programme and provides advice on public sector design and evaluation. Dr. Scott also holds adjunct positions at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and at the University of New South Wales.

Dr. Scott 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. Dr. Scott’s current research
interests include interagency collaboration, governance, and performance management.

Dr. Scott has previously worked as Principal Advisor to several central government departments, and he has held senior and executive management positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in Australia and New Zealand.