Public Values Consortium 2016 Workshop


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The Public Values Consortium 5th Biennial Workshop 2016


 School of Public Affairs and Center for Organization Research and Design


Arizona State University


January 7 & 8, 2016

Since the inaugural Workshop of the Copenhagen Public Values Consortium in 2008 research and theory on public values has advanced considerably. The span of time between then and now has seen economic collapse and partial recovery, growing income inequality in many nations, collapse of housing markets, new forms of warfare, threats to survival of the European Union. In short, threats to various aspects of public values have been witnessed. Nevertheless, there are only limited shifts in the dominant political ordering of public values, i.e. traditional neoliberal economic policies of governing remain dominated by market failure notes of government-as-residual. The need to reflect upon the nexus of economic value and public value and the respective roles of governments and markets has never been greater.

The 5th Biennial Workshop will seek to consolidate knowledge of public values developed up to this point, including but not limited to works specifically presented at the four previous Workshops. To this end, a featured panel will include five participants who have either organized or hosted a previous Workshop or who have attended all or most. The questions for the panel: “What has been learned? What knowledge gaps remain?”

A special panel will be developed to honor Professor Torben Beck Jorgensen, recently deceased .Torben was an originator of the Public Value Workshop, hosting the first one in Copenhagen. During the last half of his long and distinguished career, this work focused on public values and he provided many seminal works on the topic. The panel will be a retrospective on his contributions to public values research and theory.

Otherwise, the panels will be based on the interests of participants as well as three core themes that have not yet been addressed in previous Workshops. These include:

1. The Role of Race, Gender and Ethnicity in Public Values.

This is a particularly useful concern for a Workshop located in multicultural Phoenix. Any of a variety of topics might prove useful, including, for example, the ways in which gender identities in societies mitigate the needs and responses to public value; how race and ethnicity interact with political culture to affect public value; the impact of diversity as a public value. Other issues include, how collective social, cultural, and political capital vary across race and ethnicity and influence the extent to which public values are achieved. How do public values change according to the target racial/ethnic or gender group?

2. Income Inequality, Opportunity and Public Values.

There is an increasing awareness in the academic and political worlds, not to mention among the oppressed, that income inequality often increases even as economies become more productive. The “trickle down” theories of economic productivity are called sharply into question. To what extent is income inequality a “public values failure”? Are there noneconomic, nonmarket approaches or business-government partnership approaches that can enhance opportunity and mitigate social stagnation? Or, is the downfall of social equity collateral damage in the attempt to resolve the economic crisis? How can entrepreneurship (which is a public value) be better realized among lower-income populations?

3. Public Values in Private Organizations

Public values need not be the sole preserve of government. Oftentimes private organizations provide public values, either as part of their missions or as contractors. Some questions to be addressed: Why do some private organizations, including market-based businesses, include public values as part of their missions? What are the effects of doing so for both the organizations and for society? Is there a role for cooperation among private organizations in pursuit of public values? On what points (e.g. sustainability) do public and private values converge?

4. Teaching Public Values.

This is a topic that has been prominent in previous Workshops but since educational innovations in public values continue, it is worthwhile revisiting this topic. Some new topics in this familiar category are particularly welcome including: collaborative teaching modalities and public values, service learning and public values, and can public values be taught in online courses or in MOOCs?

To reiterate, submissions on topics other than the above are quite welcome. All Workshops have had a strong knowledge “supplier,” participative focus.


Participation is open those presenting papers or acting as panelists or discussants. Due to size constraints and a desire for active participation, the workshop will be limited to 35 participants (not including local ASU students and researchers). Submitted abstracts, papers and panel proposals will be reviewed by the program committee. The program committee includes: Barry Bozeman (Chair), Mary Feeney, Tom Catlaw, Marla Parker, Zeger van der Wal and Mark Rutgers.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts (300-500 words) or completed papers that have not been presented elsewhere should be submitted to the Workshop Administrator, Mary O’Brien ( Review of papers and abstracts will be completed one week after submission. Accepted papers should be provided to the Program Committee (directed to Mary O’Brien) by December 30, 2015.

Tentative Program:

    •  Thursday, January 7, Pre-conference Welcome and Reception


    •  Friday, January 8, Sessions, Evening Dinner


The workshop will take place at the Center for Organizational Research and Design, 411 Central Ave., Suite 480, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ. Information about lodging and transportation alternatives will be made available with a few weeks and will be posted on the CORD website./

Transportation and Lodging Info are Now Available Here



Public Values Consortium Schedule


Arizona State University
Downtown Campus


Center for Organization Research and Design


411 N. Central Ave.
Suite 480
Phoenix, AZ 85004-00687
Phone: 602.496.2371


Program of Events


Thursday, Jan. 7


5:30-7:00 pm
Welcome Reception
40 N 1st St. Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-252-2285


Friday, Jan. 8, University Center Building, 411 N. Central Ave. 2nd Fl.


8:30-9:00 - Continental Breakfast- 2nd floor mezzanine


Group 1- room 282, Moderator- Stu Bretschneider
- Lene Holm Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School; Lotte Bøgh Andersen, University of Århus; Andreas Boesen; “Performance in Public Organizations: Clarifying the Conceptual Space”.
- Chen-Yu Kao, Arizona State University, Alex J. Murdock, London South Bank University, Chin-Chang Tsai, Arizona State University; “An empirical assessment of the applicability of public values concept: Arizona food assistance network”.
- Owen F. Witesman, Indiana University, “A Public/Private Values Distinction? An Empirical Study of Public Values in Decision Making”.


Group 2- room 286, Moderator- Nicole Darnall
- Thomas K. Valentine, Hal G. Rainey, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia; "The Effect of Youth Development Programs on Public Value".
- Sherman A. Cooper, Georgia State University; “Jurisdictional Preference or Public-Value Failure? The Case of Georgia’s Qualified Education Tax Credit”.
- Walter D. Valdivia, The Brookings Institution; “The Limits of Consequentialism in Policy Evaluation”.


Group 3- room 282, Moderator-Justin Stritch
- James Thompson, Lauren Bowman, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois- Chicago; “Bringing Morality Back In: Congress, the Civil Service and the Legitimacy of the Administrative State”.
- Mark R. Rutgers, University of Amsterdam, Lijing Yang, University of Amsterdam; “The Nature of Loyalty in the Public Sphere”.
- Chin-Chang Tsai, Arizona State University; “Identifying and Measuring Public Values in the Nonprofit Context: Organizational and Volunteers’ Perspectives”.


Group 4- room 286, Moderator-Angel Molina
- Robert K. Christensen, University of Georgia, Justin M. Stritch, Arizona State University; “Prosocial Dr. Jekyll, meet Deviant Mr. Hyde: Exploring the Confluence of Other-oriented Public Values and Self-centered Narcissism”.
- Edmund C. Stazyk, University at Albany, Randall S. Davis, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Shannon Portillo, University of Kansas; “More Dissimilar Than Alike? Comparing Minority and Non-Minority Managers' Value Preferences”.
- Toon Kerkhoff, Leiden University; "Images of ‘Proper’ Administration: Public Values and Expertise in the Training and Education of Civil Servants".


12:30-2:00- Lunch on own


2:00-2:30- room 282
Tribute Panel, “Contributions of Torben Beck Jorgensen to the Study of Policy Values”
- Lotte Bøgh Andersen (Aarhus University), Barry Bozeman (Arizona State University), Lene Holm (Copenhagen Business School; Mark Rutgers (University of Amsterdam).
This informal panel consists of brief remembrances of Torben and his work, both his intellectual contributions and the standards Torben set as a colleague and friend.


Group 5- room 282, Moderator-Barry Bozeman
- Jan Youtie, Georgia Institute of Technology; “Exploring Public Values Implications of the I-Corps Program”.
- Younsung Kim, George Mason University, Nicole Darnall, Arizona State University; “Business as a Collaborative Partner: Understanding Firms’ Socio-Political Support for Policy Formation”.
- Adam Eckerd, University of Tennessee, Stephanie Moulton, Ohio State University; “For Profit and For Public Value: Stakeholder Influence and Public Missions in For-Profit B-Corporations”.


Group 6- room 286, Moderator-Marla Parker
- Mark R. Rutgers, University of Amsterdam, Trui Steen, Leiden University; “The Miss Marple Enigma: Public Service Motivation, as the Opportunity, and Will to Commit. Public Value”.
- Carina Schott, Leiden University; Daphne van Kleef, Leiden University; Trui Steen, Leiden University, “Exploring why PSM decreases over time: a longitudinal qualitative approach towards the role of the ‘reality shock’”.


Group 7- room 282, Moderator-Angel Molina
- Heather Rimes, Western Carolina University, Cathy Slade, Georgia Regents University, Derrick Anderson, Arizona State University, Jennie Welch, Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement; “Towards a Theory of Public Value Managerialism: Examining CEO attitudes towards technological innovation in hospitals”.
- Marla Parker, Arizona State University; “Understanding the “Stweet Spot”: Examining Twitter as Space for Public Value Adjudication”.


Group 8- room 286
- Jason Scott Robert, Arizona State University, Nicole Piemonte, Arizona State University; 45 Minute Interactive Case Study: “Opting out of Childhood Vaccinations: An Interactive Effort to Uncover Shared Values Amidst Widespread, High-stakes Disagreement”.


5:00- room 282
Concluding remarks and discussion of need or desire for on activities or another PV workshop.

 Non Presenters
- Eva Witesman, Romney Institute of Public Management, Brigham Young University; "From Public Values to Public Value and Back Again".