Public Value in Portugal

PROFESSOR TIMO MEYNHARDT

PSYCHOLOGIST AND BUSINESS ECONOMIST

“Public value is value for the public. Value for the public is a result of evaluations about how basic needs of individuals, groups and the society as a whole are influenced in relationships involving the public. Public value then is also value from the public.”

Timo Meynhardt is a full professor and chairholder of the Dr. Arend Oetker Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Managing Director of the Center for Leadership and Values in Society at the University of St. Gallen.

In his research, he links psychological and business management topics, especially Public Value management, leadership and competency diagnostics. He is strongly committed to research in the field of public value as well as to the application of the concept in business and administration. Timo was the first researcher to apply the concept to the private sector.

He developed a unique public value theory, which conceptualizes public value as “a necessary fiction” for individuals and groups. Timo publishes the Public Value Atlas for Switzerland and Germany (www.gemeinwohlatlas.de, www.gemeinwohl.ch), which aims at ranking and making transparent the public value of companies and organizations. He also developed a Public Value Scorecard, which identifies five dimensions in which an organization can make a common good contribution.

Timo Meynhardt co-launched the Public Value Award for Start-ups, honoring young companies whose products, services, or business activities provide exceptional answers to societal challenges of our time (https://eypva.com/en/). He also chairs the public value award for public baths in Germany. Timo Meynhardt co-authored the Leipzig Leadership Model published in 2016. By emphasizing the fundamental dimensions of good leadership in terms of their contribution to the common good, the model provides a compass in times of constant change.

LUÍS NEWTON

ESTRELA BOROUGH’S PRESIDENT

“From our own benchmark we have assessed that public engagement must evolve within the definition of Public Value itself, because more than just promoting adequate response and generating value, it must also strenghten community identity.”

Estrela’s Borough President, Luis Newton, was born in Lisbon in 1977.

Elected to local government since 2001, he performed several functions, like at the Executive Board of the old Lapa Borough or in the Lisbon Municipal Assembly.

He worked as advisor for the Lisbon City Council and for the Secretary of State for Culture, having subsequently been appointed Advisor to the PSD (Social Democratic Party) Parliamentary Group until October 2013.

In 2013 he was elected President of the Estrela Borough and took the opportunity created by the Administrative Reform of the City of Lisbon to modernize public services with smart cities solutions for territorial management and optimization of resources, creating digital solutions like “GeoEstrela”, “EstrelaParticipa”, “GeoSenior” and “Chame o Lixo”.

In 2015 he was distinguished as CIO of the year in the Public Sector category, in Portugal. A recognition granted by CIONET, a prestigious European community of technology decision makers, that each year rewards the European CIO’s that stand out the most. He was also distinguished at the IDC CIO Awards 2015 and in 2016 Portugal’s Digital Awards.

He was the first Portuguese speaker ever to be invited to an edition of the Global Peter Drucker Forum, the most prestigious international management forum.

He is at the forefront of Public Value in Portugal and since 2015 is working closely with Professor Timo Meynhardt to fully implement it in portuguese public management.

PROFESSOR NELSON RIBEIRO

DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SCIENCES (UCP)

”We see Public Value as an important concept regarding our research fields. Nowadays we cannot look to the main themes and issues in our society without trying to understand how we can relate Public Value to the role of universities, organizations and our professionals”

Dean of the School of Human Sciences (since 2016) where he is also the Chair of the Communication Studies Department (since 2013). He was awarded a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from the University of Lincoln (UK) and presently his main research interests are political economy of the media and communication history, focusing on transnational communication fluxes and the usage of the media as instruments of propaganda and public diplomacy.


Member of the Board of Directors at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC), he also coordinates the research line on Media, Technology, and Contexts. Nelson Ribeiro has participated in several international research networks and is presently a member of the project “Connecting the Wireless World – Writing a Global Radio History” financed by the Leverhulme Trust.

Since 2012, he has been vice-chair of the Communication History Section at the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and an invited guest professor at both Universität Augsburg (Germany) and at the University of Saint Joseph (Macau-China). Coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Communication Studies at the FCH between 2010 and 2016, he was also program director of a national broadcasting station, Radio Renascença, between 2005 and 2013, and of MEGA FM between 2000 and 2005.