Bent Flyvbjerg

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Bent Flyvbjerg is the first Chair and BT Professor of Major Programme Management at Oxford University‘s Saïd Business School and is Founding Director of the University’s BT Centre for Major Programme Management. He was previously Professor of Planning atAalborg UniversityDenmark and Chair of Infrastructure Policy and Planning at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Flyvbjerg received his Ph.D. in economic geography from Aarhus University, Denmark. He has written extensively about megaprojects,decision makingcity management, and philosophy of social science.

Bent Flyvbjerg developed the research methodology called phronetic social science and has employed the methodology in studies ofcity management and of megaprojects.

In 2005, Flyvbjerg identified two main causes of misinformation in policy and management: strategic misrepresentation (lying) andoptimism bias (appraisal optimism). Flyvbjerg and his associates have developed methods to curb misinformation focused on improvedaccountability and reference class forecasting. The methods are being used in practice in policy and planning. Bent Flyvbjerg has lent his name to the so-called “Flyvbjerg Debate,” which is a debate over the role of social science in society in response to his bookMaking Social Science Matter.

Finally, Flyvbjerg has identified a number of misunderstandings about case study research and devised ways of correcting these misunderstandings.

Bent Flyvbjerg was knighted in the Order of the Dannebrog in 2002.

Read the following article by Flyvbjerg and be prepared to discuss in class:

flyberg pt 1 and flyberg pt 2

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