Making an impact

10 August 2018

Man explaining point
Professor Calvin Jones is the author of Cardiff Business School's first ever public value impact report

Cardiff Business School will launch its first value and impact report at a one-day conference, in partnership with Business in the Community Cymru, on Friday 14 September 2018.

The report is the first attempt to measure the School’s wider public value by summarising its economic and environmental impact during the 2016/17 academic year.

The publication follows Cardiff’s three years of commitment to deliver social improvement alongside economic development as the world’s first public value business school.

Record, understand and improve

Professor Calvin Jones, the report’s author and Director of public value delivery at Cardiff Business School, said: “We recognise that we must measure what we seek to manage and that public value requires a holistic, or at least widely-defined, measure of the impact we have.

“The conference is an opportunity for us to share our report with peers from a wide range of stakeholder groups including fellow academics, policymakers, and business practitioners...”

Calvin Jones

“We hope for feedback, of course, but more importantly, ideas for how we might seek to develop our methodology in future editions as we seek to record, understand and improve the impact we have on society and the environment.”

Professor Calvin Jones, Professor of Economics

Co-creating value

The free event will also encourage delegates to bridge the gap between academia and practice by debating how public value can be co-created locally and globally between different organisations.

Professor Timo Meynhardt, the Dr Arend Oetker Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, will return to Cardiff to deliver a keynote presentation on the future of public value.

Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis, Reader in Marketing at Cardiff Business School, said: “The event marks the last day of the 26th International Colloquium on Relationship Marketing which focuses on Public Value and Relationship Marketing: Value Co-Creation for Society...”

Nicole Koenig-Lewis

“It's fitting that the final day provides a platform for knowledge creation and exchange between leading international academics and practitioners on the theory and practice of creating public value.”

Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis, Reader in Marketing

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, and Adele Blakebrough MBE, CEO of the Social Business Trust, will lead a panel discussion on how organisations can measure value creation.

A series of workshops will then complete proceedings before Tim Williams, Head of Cities Australasia for ARUP, delivers the latest in Cardiff Business School’s Public Value Lecture series.

His presentation, entitled ‘The business of cities’, will explain how economies have re-urbanised before considering what this means for public policy.

Register for the one-day conference now.