Public Value


A Research Anthology, Call for proposals; Deadline 1 Dec 2015

Chapter Proposals Due: Dec 1, 2015
Full Chapters Due: Sep 1, 2016  

Public value: a research anthology 

Edited by:

Professor Adam Lindgreen, Cardiff University
Professor Martin Kitchener, Cardiff University
Professor John Brewer, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis, Cardiff Business School

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing

This research anthology aims to explore the concept of public value by bringing together contemporary thinking and research. Professor Mark Moore defined public value as the equivalent of shareholder value in public management. Despite its name, not only the public sector but also non-governmental organizations and private companies now are engaged in public value. According to Professor Timo Meynhardt, several contemporary management concepts—corporate social responsibility, shareholder value, stakeholder engagement, sustainability—are related to public value, as these concepts legitimize themselves in regard to the impact they have on the common good. Our research anthology will comprise a number of sections that together explore public value. Regardless of the specific topic, we look for two types of contributions:

1.    Literature reviews that survey critical points in current literature relevant to the topic. Reviews should describe, summarize, and critically evaluate previous work relating to the topic. These reviews must make a significant contribution to our understanding of the topic by providing integrative framework(s) and paths for further research.

2.    Conceptual, methodological, or empirical studies, such as meta-analyses, qualitative studies, experiments, or surveys, that contribute in some of the following ways:

i.      A conceptual study might improve conceptual definitions of original constructs, develop an improved theoretical rationale for existing linkages, identify and conceptually define additional constructs to include within existing conceptual frameworks, or develop theoretical linkages along with an accompanying rationale that suggest more comprehensive integrative frameworks for understanding the topic.

ii.    Methodological entries might examine changes in the design of prior studies or modifications in experimental procedures that, for example, enhance the validity of statistical conclusions or increase the experimental realism of the experiment.

  1. An empirical study could examine how, at a practical level, organizations deal with the complexities of sustainability when designing, developing, implementing, or making incremental changes to entrepreneurship. Such examinations could span the corporate, organizational, and managerial levels, as well as different functional departments.

The text is in English. To ensure an engaging text for the target audience (see below), chapters should be accessible; something similar to Harvard Business Review’s style would be ideal. Although the methodology should be described, especially in theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and empirical papers, the focus in most chapters should be less pronounced than it would be in traditional academic articles; part(s) of the methodology even might appear in an appendix or sidebars. All chapters should include specific theoretical contributions and implications. The editors will be happy to discuss whether a particular chapter is of an appropriate style.

Target audience

This text will target various audiences, including the following: academics who teach and/or research public value; doctoral students in the discipline; and practitioners who want to know more about public value

Submission process

Potential authors are invited to submit, on or before December 1, 2015, a brief, two- to five-page proposal that clearly explains the intended contributions of their chapter, as well as the intended methodology/approach. Proposals submitted must not have been published, accepted for publication, or under consideration for publication anywhere else. The first page of the proposal should contain the title of the intended chapter, as well as the authors’ names and full contact details. Authors are requested to state which of the research anthology’s five section their proposal fits. Proposals should be submitted via e-mail in a single Word file (as ‘.doc’) to:

The purpose of reviewing the proposals is to identify those potential chapters that fit the overall theme of the research anthology. In some cases, we may propose suggested changes to align the proposed chapter better with the anthology; such changes will take place in a dialogue with the authors. 

By February 15, 2015 (or earlier depending upon when a proposal is submitted), potential authors will be notified about the status of their proposed chapter and, when accepted, receive further information regarding the submission process, including the formatting guidelines.

Final submissions should be approximately 5,000-8,000 words in length (or around 2,000-3,000 words for shorter case studies or practitioner contributions), excluding references, figures, tables, and appendices. All chapters will be double-blind reviewed by colleagues knowledgeable about public value and related disciplines; authors therefore should not identify themselves in the body of their chapter. Submitting authors are expected to assist in the reviewing process by reviewing another submitted chapter. Full chapters should be submitted no later than by the final deadline of September 1, 2016 via an e-mail in a single Word file (as ‘.doc’):


Please address any questions to Professor Adam Lindgreen: