Janine O'Flynn

Janine O'Flynn
  • Category: Faculty
  • Job Title: Professor of Public Management
  • Organisation: ANZSOG and The University of Melbourne
  • Department: Melbourne School of Government
  • State/Region: VIC
  • Country: Australia
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Areas of expertise

  • Contracting / outsourcing / contestability
  • Performance management
  • Public service delivery
  • Reform/change management

Janine is Professor of Public Management at ANZSOG and the University of Melbourne. Her expertise is in public management, with particular focus on reform and relationships. This covers topics as diverse as the creation and evolution of public service markets to the design of performance management systems. Her latest work explores the intersection of public service markets and morality. Since 2015 she has been an editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration and she sits on the editorial boards of several journals in the field including: Public Administration Review; Public Administration; International Journal of Public Administration; Canadian Public Administration; Teaching Public Administration; Journal of Management & Organization; Policy Design and Practice, and Halduskultuur: The Estonian Journal of Administrative Culture and Digital Governance.

Janine's teaching focuses on management issues in the public sector and the challenges faced by contemporary leaders in pursuit of public purpose. She has 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, she has had the opportunity to provide expert advice to a range of policy makers including in Australia, Chile, Bhutan, the United States, and Singapore. She is a regular commentator in the media as well as producing columns for outlets such as The Conversation and The Mandarin.

Janine is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) and has previously been an elected member on the executive board of the International Research Society for Public Management. She is an award winning teacher and researcher having been the recipient of a national teaching prize (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) and several awards for academic innovation and contribution. This includes being part of the team awarded the Louis Brownlow Award (2017) for best paper published in Public Administration Review. As part of the same team she received the Carlo Mansini Award (2013), the Charles H. Levine Award (2013) and was nominated for the Carolyn Dexter Award (2014) from the Academy of Management. She also received the 2013 Academy of Management best book (public and nonprofit) award with John Alford.

In February 2018 Janine was appointed as ANZSOG Professor of Public Management, already an adjunct faculty member at ANZSOG. She is currently subject leader of the core Delivering Public Value course of the Executive Master of Public Administration.

ANZSOG programs 

Prof O'Flynn teaches in the following ANZSOG courses:

  • Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)
    - Delivering Public Value (subject leader)
    - Work-Based Project

Selected publications

For a complete bibliography, please see Prof O'Flynn's CV

Publications: Books

Under contract
O'Flynn, J. Markets for Misery: Profiting from Vulnerability and Misfortune Polity Press Cambridge. Due for publication in 2018.

2016
Dickinson, H. and O'Flynn, J. Evaluating Outcomes in Health and Social Care Policy Press, Bristol

2014
O'Flynn, J., Blackman, D., and Halligan, J. (eds.) Crossing Boundaries in Public Management and Policy: The International Experience Routledge, London.

2012
Alford, J. and O'Flynn, J. Rethinking Public Service Delivery: Managing with External Providers Palgrave, Basingstoke.

2008
O'Flynn, J. and Wanna, J. (eds.) Collaborative Governance: A New Era of Public Policy in Australia? ANU Press, Canberra.

Publications: Journal Articles

Forthcoming
Drew, J. O'Flynn, J. and Grant, B. Performing What? Exploring and Expanding the Notion of Synecdoche in Performance Management Practice. Public Administration Quarterly. Accepted November 2017.

Forthcoming
Blackman, D., Buick, F., O'Flynn, J., O'Donnell, M. and West, D. Managing Expectations to Create High Performance Government. Review of Public Personnel Administration. Online Early April 3.

2017
Ugyel, L. and O'Flynn, J. Measuring Policy Success: Evaluating Public Sector Reform in Bhutan. International Journal of Public Administration, 40(2), 115-125.

2016
O'Flynn, J. From Headline to Hard Grind: The Importance of Understanding Public Administration in Achieving Health Outcomes. Comment on "Understanding the Role of Public Administration in Implementing Action on the Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequities" International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 5(7), 439-442.

2016
Blackman, D., Buick, F. and O'Flynn, J. From Engaging to Enabling: Could an Asset-Based Approach Transform Indigenous Affairs?. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34(8), 1632-1651

2016
Buick, F., Blackman, D., O'Flynn, J., O'Donnell, M., and West, D.
Awarded the Louis Brownlow Award
Effective Practitioner-Scholar Relationships: Lessons from a Coproduction Partnership. Public Administration Review, 76(1), 35-47.

2015
Gallet, W., O'Flynn, J., Dickinson, H. and O'Sullivan, S. The Promises and Pitfalls of Prime Provider Models in Service Delivery: The Next Phase of Reform in Australia? Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(2), 239-248.

2015
Buick, F., Blackman, D., O'Donnell, M., O'Flynn, J. and West, D. Can enhanced performance management support public sector change? Journal of Organizational Change Management, 28(2), 271-289.

2015
McTaggart, D. and O'Flynn, J. Public Sector Reform. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(1), 13-22.

2015
Dickinson, H., Katsonis, M., Kay, A., O'Flynn, J., and Tiernan, A. Looking to the Past and the Future of the Australian Journal of Public Administration. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(1), 1-4.

2014
Lewis, J. O'Flynn, J. and Sullivan, H. Accountability: To Whom, in Relation to What, and Why? Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73(4), 401-407.

2011
O'Flynn, J., Buick, F., Blackman, D., and Halligan, J. You Win Some, You Lose Some: Experiments with Joined-Up Government. International Journal of Public Administration, 34(4), 244-254.

2011
O'Flynn, J., Vardon, S., Yeatman, A. and Carson, L. Perspectives on the Capacity of the Australian Public Service and Effective Policy Development and Implementation. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 70(3), 309-317.

2010
Blackman, D., O Flynn, J. and Mishra, D.P.  Can Strategic Human Resource Management Enable Gross National Happiness? International Journal of Commerce and Management, 20(3), 232-245.

2010
Ainsworth, S., Knox, A. and O'Flynn, J.  A Blinding Lack of Progress: Management Rhetoric and Affirmative Action. Gender, Work and Organization, 17(6), 658-678.

2009
O'Flynn, J. The Cult of Collaboration. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 68(1), 112-116.

2009
Alford, J. and O'Flynn, J. Making Sense of Public Value: Concepts, Critiques and Emergent Meanings. International Journal of Public Administration, 32(3-4), 171-191.

2009
O'Flynn, J. and Blackman, D. Experimenting with Organisational Design in Bhutan: Tools for Reform and the Achievement of Multi-Level Goals. Public Administration and Development, 29(2), 133-144.

2008
O'Flynn, J., and Alford, J. The Separation/Specification Dilemma in Contracting: The Local Government Experience in Victoria. Public Administration, 86(1), 205-224.

2008
O'Flynn, J. The Skippy Saga, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 54(2), 336-341.

2008
O'Flynn, J. The Skippy Saga: Dedux, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 54(4), 657-662.

2007
O'Flynn, J. From New Public Management to Public Value: Paradigmatic Change and Managerial Implications. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 66(3), 353-366.

2007
Aulich, C. and O'Flynn, J. John Howard: The Great Privatiser? Australian Journal of Political Science, 42(2), 365-381.

2007
Aulich, C. and O'Flynn, J. From Public to Private: The Australian Experience of Privatisation. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 29(2), 151-169.

2007
O'Flynn, J. 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.

2007
O'Flynn, J.  Deconstructing Jon: Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 53(4), 662-667.

2006
O'Flynn, J.  Accolades and Brickbats: Stanhope's Anti-Terrorism Crusade, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 52(2), 332-336.

2006
O'Flynn, J. The Struggle for Territory Independence: The Civil Unions Bill, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 52(4), 684-689.

2005
O'Flynn, J. The Bushfire Inquest, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51(4), 622-627.

2005
O'Flynn, J. Australian Capital Territory Election Processes, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51(2), 322-326.

2004
O'Flynn, J.  Human Rights in the Australian Capital Territory, Australian Capital Territory Political Chronicles. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 50(4), 636-639.

2003
Sammartino, A., O'Flynn, J. and Nicholas, S.  The Employer Perspective of Indigenous (Un)employment. Economic Papers, 22(4), 45-60.

2000
Walsh, J. and O'Flynn, J. Managing Through Contracts: The Employment Effects of Compulsory Competitive Tendering in Australian Local Government. Industrial Relations Journal, 31(5), 454-470