Increasing the Value of Public Value


Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 4:15pm to 5:30pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join us for an Innovation Roundtable event with Timo Meynhardt, University of St. Gallen. Meynhardt will discuss Public Value: Deepening, Enriching, and Broadening the Theory and Practice, a new book he co-authors with Mark Moore, Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations, HKS. Public Value is an edited volume that includes theoretical developments, analytic frameworks, and case studies advancing the use of public value concepts in practice among scholars and practitioners from Europe and around the world.

Sanderijn Cels, Visiting Ash Center Democratic Governance Fellow, and George Veth MC/MPA 2010, Adaptable, LLC. will serve as respondents. The event will be moderated by Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, HKS.

This event is open to the public and all those interested in this subject are invited to come for the presentation and discussion of the evolution of this important concept in public management and leadership.

Light refreshments will be served. 

Book CoverAbout Public Value

Over the last 10 years, the concept of value has emerged in both business and public life as part of an important process of measuring, benchmarking and assuring the resources we invest and the outcomes we generate from our activities. In the context of public life, value is an important measure on the contribution to business and social good of activities for which strict financial measures are either inappropriate or fundamentally unsound.

A systematic, interdisciplinary examination of public value is necessary to establish an essential definition and up-to-date picture of the field. In reflecting on the ‘public value project’, this book points to how the field has broadened well beyond its original focus on public sector management; has deepened in terms of the development of the analytical concepts and frameworks that linked the concepts together; and has been applied increasingly in concrete circumstances by academics, consultants, and practitioners. 

This book covers three main topics; deepening and enriching the theory of creating public value, broadening the theory and practice of creating public value to voluntary and commercial organizations and collaborative networks, and the challenge and opportunity that the concept of public value poses to social science and universities. Collectively, it offers new ways of looking at public and social assets against a backdrop of increasing financial pressure; new insights into changing social attitudes and perceptions of value; and new models for increasingly complicated collaborative forms of service delivery, involving public, private and not-for-profit players.

About the Innovation Roundtable Series

The Innovations in Government program at the Ash Center convenes leading scholars, government officials, and other experts for the Innovations Roundtable event series: discussions about how we can foster innovative policy solutions to meet the 21st century challenges of governing. The series is organized by Jorrit de Jong, Lecturer in Public Policy and Management and Academic Director of the Ash Center Innovations in Government Program, and Mark Moore, Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations. Learn more about the Ash Center’s Innovations in Government program here.