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Professor Janine O'flynn

Professor of Public Management, Australia and New Zealand School of Government                                                                                                Professor of Public Management, University of Melbourne

Biography

My research interests are in public management and, in particular, reform and relationships. This covers topics as diverse as the creation and evolution of public service markets and devising effective performance management systems. Increasingly I am exploring the intersection of public management practices and morality. Since 2015 I have been an editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration and sit on the editorial boards of several journals in the field including: Public Administration Review; Public Administration; Public Management ReviewInternational Journal of Public Administration; Teaching Public Administration; Policy Design and Practice; and Halduskultuur :The Estonian Journal of Administrative Culture and Digital Governance.  In 2018, I joined the Apolitical Future of Government Editorial Board.

My teaching focuses on management issues in the public sector and the challenges faced by contemporary leaders in pursuit of public purpose. I have extensive experience working with experienced professionals from across the world in both executive education and postgraduate programs. As a keen observer of international practice in public management, I have had the opportunity to provide expert advice to a range of policy makers including in Australia, Chile, Bhutan, the United States, and Singapore.

I am proud to have been appointed a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) in 2013 and between 2012-2018 I was an elected member of the executive board of the International Research Society for Public Management. In 2018, I accepted an invitation to join the Advisory Board of the Australian Public Service Centre for Leadership and Learning. and in 2019 I became a member of the Infrastructure Victoria Expert Panel on the Role of Infrastructure in Addressing Regional Disadvantage. 

In 2019, I co-authored a major research paper to  inform the work of the  Independent Review of the  Australian Public Service: 2030 and Beyond: Getting the Work of Government Done.  

Education

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Economics and Commerce, University of Melbourne
19982004

My PhD research was focused on the introduction of competition to public services. My fieldwork was undertaken in the Victorian local government sector where radical reform was being undertaken, including the adoption of a compulsory competitive tendering approach. The thesis explored tendering processes, markets, and organisational aspects of reform. Submitted in 2003 and conferred in 2004. My PhD was supervised by John Alford and examined by George Boyne and Graeme Hodge.  

1998-2003 Australian Postgraduate Award with stipend

1998-1999 Queens Trust Young Achiever Award to undertake study tour in the United Kingdom on the impact of local government reform.

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours - first class)

Faculty of Economics and Commerce, University of Melbourne
19921997

My honours thesis focused on the employment effects of public sector reform, specifically the introduction of competition to the local government sector. 

1997-1998 Kinsman Scholar awarded for summer research studentship awarded to high achieving honours students. 

1997 Australian Chamber of Manufactures Prize for academic excellence awarded to the highest achieving student in the honours program: Department of Management and Industrial Relations.

1997 Australian Human Resources Institute of Australia Award for academic excellence awarded to highest achieving student in the honours program: Department of Management and Industrial Relations.

Honours subjects and results:  Management and Industrial Relations Research Thesis (H1 – 87%); The Australian Welfare State in International Perspective (H1 – 88%); Advanced Human Resource Management (H1 – 86%); Advanced Organisational Behaviour (H1 – 82%); Advanced Industrial Relations (H1 – 81%); Organisational Change (H1 – 81%)

Academic Appointments

Visiting Professor

Dr Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies, Fudan University
2017

Invited visitor in October 2017 to CCPDS, Fudan University, Shanghai and co-chair of the 5th Public Governance Forum in Greater China on Evidence-based Policy Making in Greater China and Australia.

Professor of Public Management

University of Melbourne
2013continuing

I was appointed Professor of Public Management, School of Social and Political Sciences (Faculty of Arts) in 2013 and have held a joint appointment in the Melbourne School of Government since 2014.  I have been the Director of the Master of Public Administration since 2013, Director of the Master of Public Policy and Management 2013-2016, and Director of Education since 2015. From July 2018, my position is in the Melbourne School of Government.

During my time at the University of Melbourne I have led the subjects Public Management (Master of Public Policy and Management); World of Public Administration (Master of Public Administration). I have delivered guest lectures in: Commissioning Public Services, World of Public Administration, and Administrative Challenges in Practice. 

Adjunct Professor 

Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
2011continuing

In 2011 I was appointed to the ANZSOG faculty. ANZSOG is a consortium of university and government partners in Australia and New Zealand, providing education and research programs. My appointment at ANZSOG recognised several years of contribution including  to the Executive Fellows Program and the Executive Masters of Public Administration, supervising student projects, and being a member of several reviews. 

Professor

Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
20072013

I was appointed Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy in September 2012. Prior to this I was Associate Professor (2012), Senior Lecturer (2010-2011) and Research Fellow (2008-2009) in the Crawford School. During 2007-2008 I held a joint appointment at the Research School of Social Sciences (Political Science) and the Crawford School of Economics and Government. From end-2009 to mid-2012 I was Director of Education at the Crawford School. 

During my time at the Crawford School I led the subjects Case Studies in Public Sector Management  (Master of Public Administration; Master of Public Policy);  Government, Markets and Global Change (compulsory for all students); and People and Performance in Public Organisations (MPP).  I also delivered guest lectures in: Managing Government Finances; Economics for Government; Research Design; Research Methods; and Social Policy and Service Delivery.

Visiting Fellow

Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University and ANZSOG
2006

Six month sabbatical leave 

Senior Lecturer

School of Business and Government, University of Canberra
20042007

I was appointed as Lecturer in 2004 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007. 

During my time in the School of Business and Government I led the subjects Public Sector Management (undergraduate), Public Administration (Masters of Public Administration), and Public Administration at the Interface (MPA). I also delivered guest lectures in: Leadership, Innovation and Change (undergraduate); and Leadership and Change Management (MPA). 

Lecturer 

Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, University of Melbourne
20032003

I was appointed as Lecturer in the Department of Management where I led the subjects Management (undergraduate) and Human Resource Management (Master of Management).

Research Fellow

Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, University of Melbourne
20002002

I was appointed Research Fellow (part-time) and worked with a team on the Programme for the Practice of Diversity of Management, funded by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. The project involved working with a group of Australian firms to undertake research on diversity management  and produce a ranges of resources for use in practice. This included an evidence-based business cases, a range of business models, and several toolkits for managers. 

Tutor

Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, University of Melbourne 
19982000

During my PhD candidature I undertook sessional tutoring which included designing tutorials, grading of assessment tasks, and student consultation. I was a tutor in: Industrial Relations Policy; Comparative Industrial Relations; and Organisational Analysis. 

Awards and Commendations

Carolyn Dexter Award (nominee)

Academy of Management
2014

An all-academy award for the paper that best meets the objectives of internationalising the AOM. Nominee award presented at the AOM annual conference in Philadelphia for the paper Enhancing Performance in the Australian Public Service: A Case of Co-Production.

Best Book Award

Academy of Management
2013

Awarded to the best public/non-profit book published in the three years prior. Presented at the 2014 AOM annual conference in Philadelphia for Rethinking Public Service Delivery: Managing with External Providers. 

Carlo Masini Award

Academy of Management
2013

Awarded for outstanding scholarship in the fields of public and nonprofit management to the best paper from across the AOM that examines the behaviour public or nonprofit organisations. Presented at the AOM annual conference in Orlando for Managing Expectations to Create High Performance Organisations.

Charles H Levine Award

Academy of Management
2013

Awarded to the best paper in the public and nonprofit division. Presented at the AOM annual conference in Orlando for Managing Expectations to Create High Performance Organisations. 

Teaching Excellence Award (nominee)

Office of Learning and Teaching
2012

Nominated by the Australian National University for national award presented to Australia's most outstanding university teachers. All nominees are nominated by their institutions. 

Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Australian Learning and Teaching Council
2011

Awarded for significant and sustained contributions to the quality of student learning. The specific citation was: For empowering and assisting professional students to connect theory and practice meaningfully and assisting them to develop complex managerial decision-making and policy advice skills. All nominees are nominated by their university for these national awards. Prize of A$10000 is presented to the awardee. 

Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

Australian National University
2009

The university's highest award for teaching which is awarded in recognition of excellence in teaching, outstanding presentation skills, and broad and deep contribution to  enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at the Australian National University. Prize of A$4000 is presented to the awardee. 

College of Asia and the Pacific Award for Teaching Excellence

Australian National University
2009

The College's highest recognition of teaching excellence. Prize of A$1000 is presented to the awardee. 

Publications: Books

O'Flynn, J. 

Under contract

Markets for Misery: Profiting from Vulnerability and Misfortune, Polity, Cambridge. .

Publications: Journal Articles

McTaggart, D. and O'Flynn, J.

2015

Public Sector Reform. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(1), 13-22. 

O'Flynn, J. 

2008

The Skippy Saga, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 54(2), 336-341.

O'Flynn, J. 

2008

The Skippy Saga: Dedux, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 54(4), 657-662.

O'Flynn, J.

2007

Release of the Coronial Inquiry into the 2003 Bushfires: Finally: Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 53(2), 330-336.

O'Flynn, J. 

2007

Deconstructing Jon: Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 53(4), 662-667.

O'Flynn, J. 

2006

Accolades and Brickbats: Stanhope's Anti-Terrorism Crusade, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 52(2), 332-336.

O'Flynn, J.

2006

The Struggle for Territory Independence: The Civil Unions Bill, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 52(4), 684-689.

O'Flynn, J. 

2005

 The Bushfire Inquest, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51(4), 622-627.

O'Flynn, J.

2005

Australian Capital Territory Election Processes, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51(2), 322-326.

O'Flynn, J. 

2004

Human Rights in the Australian Capital Territory, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 50(4), 636-639.

Publications: Book Chapters

Alford, J. and O’Flynn, J.

2015

Making Sense of Public Value: Concepts, Critiques and Emergent Meanings, in B. Guy Peters and Jon Pierre (eds.) Public Administration Sage, volume 3, chapter 45, pp. 305-324. Reprinted from: International Journal of Public Administration 32(3-4).

Halligan, J., Buick, F. and O’Flynn, J.  

2011

Experiments with Joined-Up, Horizontal and Whole-of-Government in Anglophone Countries, in A. Massey (ed.) International Handbook on Civil Services Systems Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 74-101.

Publications: Refereed Conference Papers

Recent only: full list on request

Blackman, D., Buick, F., O'Donnell, M., O'Flynn, J. and West, D.

2013

Managing Expectations to Create High Performance Government. Presented at the annual conference of the Academy of Management and published in Academy of Management Proceedings doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2013.11

Awarded the Carlo Masini Award and the Charles H Levine Award

Major Reports

O'Flynn, J.

2018

Lessons from the Australian Experience of Public Sector Reform prepared for Centro de Estudios Públicos (Center of Public Studies), Chile. Completed. For publication in Spanish in 2018.

Dickinson, H., O'Flynn, J. and Sullivan, H. 

2014

Valuing the Community Sector: A Report Prepared for the Community Sector Reform Council, Melbourne

Major Research Grants and Consultancies

Lessons from the Australian Experience of Public Sector Reform

Commissioned by Centro de Estudios Públicos, Chile    
2016

 One of several country studies commissioned by the think tank Centro de Estudios Públicos to provide a historical overview and analysis of public sector reform in Australia to inform their advice to the Chilean government on reforming the public sector. 

Valuing the Community Sector

Commissioned by the Victorian Community Sector Reform Council
2014

Joint project with Helen Dickinson and Helen Sullivan to identify the various forms of value produced by the community sector in Victoria. Commissioned by the Community Sector Reform Council, jointly chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the President of the Victorian Council of Social Services. Report under embargo.  

Competencies for Effective Reform

Funded by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government
2013

Multi-year joint project with Deborah Blackman to identify competencies of effective reformers. 

Diagnosing Readiness: Testing Organisations Capabilities

Funded by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government
2012

Multi-year joint project with Deborah Blackman to develop initial tool to diagnose organisation readiness to undertake complex change with Deborah Blackman. Read a report here

Strengthening the Performance Framework

Funded by the Australian Public Service Commission
2011

Joint project with Deborah Blackman and Michael O'Donnell. A multi-year collaboration with the Australian Public Service Commission to design performance principles for the Australian Public Service. Read a report here.

Balancing Trust and Control in the Provision of Employment Services: Comparing outcomes for Disability Employment Service Users

Funded by the Australian Research Council: $66,690
20092011

Multi-year ARC Linkage project with Ann Neville, Ian Marsh and Daniel Perkins (Brotherhood of St Laurence) - LP0990530, $66,690. Industry Partners: Brotherhood of St Laurence; Jobs Australia; Ace National Network

Whole of Government: Evaluating Frameworks for Integrating Policy Development, Implementation and Delivery of Public Services. 

Funded by the Australian Research Council
2008

Multi-year ARC Linkage project with Deborah Blackman, John Halligan and Ian Marsh - LP0776807, $236,000. Industry Partners: Australian Public Service Commission; Australian Government Information Office; Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; Department of Health and Ageing. 

Other Publications

I regularly publish articles and provide expert commentary for The Conversation

Ongoing

For the full list of articles please see my profile page at The Conversation.

I regularly publish articles and provide expert commentary for The Mandarin

Ongoing

For the full list of articles please see my profile page at The Mandarin.

O’Flynn, J. 

2015

Productivity Paradox, Public Administration Today, pp.8-9. Invited.

O'Flynn, J. et al

2002

Corporate Attitudes to Indigenous Employment, HRMonthly, Australian Human Resources Institute, Melbourne, Australia, June.

O’Flynn, J. et al 

2001

The Diversity Dividend, HRMonthly, Australian Human Resource Institute, Melbourne, Australia, June.

Walsh, J. and O’Flynn, J. 

1999

Managing Through Contracts: The Employment Effects of Compulsory Competitive Tendering in Australian Local Government, Working Papers in Human Resource Management, Employee Relations and Organisation Studies Series, No.3, Department of Management, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Invited Presentations and Keynotes

Selected only: full list on request

invited convenor

(in)civility
2019

Academy of Management annual conference. Invited to convene the Public Nonprofit Division plenary, Boston, August 9-14.

Invited presentation

The 21st Century public manager: challenges, skills, training
2018

Public Management Research Association annual conference, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, June 1. 

Invited presentation

A (Modern) History of Public Administration in Australia 
2018

School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan, March 2.

Conference keynote

How Thinking about Misery and Misfortune Can Help us to Bring Ethics Back into Public Administration and Management 
2017

Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics Annual Conference, University of Technology Sydney. June 23.

Participant

Governing Multisectoral Action
2016

Invited expert at workshop arranged by Johns Hopkins and UNICEF at Bellagio Rockefeller Centre. Declined due to prior commitment.

Participant

International Conference on Government Performance Management and Leadership
2015

Lanzhou University, Gansu Province,  October 10-11. Declined due to prior commitment. 

Keynote

Integrated Governance: International Experiences and Challenges for Portugal
2015

Portuguese Public Administrative Directorate-General for the Qualification of Public Workers and the Portuguese Forum for Integrated Governance, Lisbon, October 15-16. Declined due to prior commitment.  

Participant

International Seminar on National Public Investment Systems
2015

General Directorate for Public Investment, Ministry of Economy and Finance Peru, Seminar sponsored by the World Bank, Lima, July 5-6. Declined due to prior commitment. 

Public lecture 

Strategic Public Management in Complex Times: Reforms, Relationships and Results
2014

Civil Service College, Singapore, July 22.

Departmental presentation 

Rethinking Public Service Delivery
2014

Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria. March 27. 

Presentation 

Innovation, Productivity and Delivery
2014

Cisco Public Sector Summit, Yarra Valley, February 17-19 .

Conference keynote

Rethinking Public Service Delivery: The Leadership Challenge
2013

National Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit, Canberra, December 3.

Departmental presentation 

Rethinking Public Service Delivery
2013

Commonwealth Department of Finance, Canberra, November 21.

Conference keynote 

Rethinking Public Service Delivery: Managing with External Providers
2013

Jobs Australia Annual Conference, Sydney, September 25

Conference presentation

Performance Anxiety: Measuring Workforce Performance and Innovation from the Front Line
2013

ANZSOG Annual Conference, Brisbane, August 7. Co-presented with Deborah Blackman and Damian West.

Keynote

It All Depends 
2013

Jeff Whalan Learning Group Alumni,  Canberra, July 2.

Keynote

Rethinking Public Service Delivery
2012

Hanover Annual General Meeting, Melbourne, November 27.

Conference presentation

Why Reformers Succeed and Fail
2012

L21 Public Sector Leadership Series, Sydney, October 16.

Keynote

Developing High Performance: Performance Management in the Australian Public Service
2012

14th World Human Resources Conference, Melbourne, September 25.

Presentation

Developing a New Performance Management Framework for the Australian Public Service
2012

Government Performance Coalition, Washington D.C., 24 April 24. 

Presentation

Does Working Together Always Work? Reflections on Joining Up in the Real World
2011

State Services Authority of Victoria and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Melbourne, July 1.

Presentation

The Degradation of the Professional Capacity of the Australian Public Service
2010

 Australian Social Science Academy, Canberra, November 8.

Research Higher Degree Students

Current

Ms Elizabeth Chloe Duncan Implementing Breastfeeding Policy in Victoria: A Study of the Role of Discourse in Policy Implementation in Institutional Voids - under examination

Mr Shuntaro Iizuka Consequences of Policy Transfer: Case of the Agency Reform in Japan

Ms Thi Thu-Trang Tran Wisdom in Public Administration in Australia and China

Ms Primatia Wulandari What Policy Learning Can Offer in the Highly Politicized Context: The Case of Indonesian Public Administrative Reform

Completed

2016 Dr Stephen Perryman Enacting ICT Strategy in Victorian Public Hospitals. The University of Melbourne.

2014 Dr Lhawang Ugyel The Dynamics of Public Sector Reform : Implementation of the Position Classification System in BhutanThe Australian National University. 

2014 Dr John Butcher Compacts Between Government and the Not-For-Profit Sector: A Comparative Case Study of National and Sub-National Cross-Sector Policy FrameworksThe Australian National University. 

2013 Dr Herath (Soma) Jayatunge The Effects of Bureaucratic Power on the Policy Process: The Case of Sri Lanka's Poverty Reduction Policy. The Australian National University. 

2012 Dr Fiona Buick Organisational Culture as the Panacea for Joined-Up Working : the Rhetoric and Reality Gap. The University of Canberra. 

2011 Dr Brent Jackson A Work Values  Perspective of the Generation Y - Australian Public Service Employment RelationshipThe Australian National University. 

2009 Dr Lisa Arnold The Devolution Revolution: The Effect of Human Resource Management Reform in the Australian Public Service. The Australian National University