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Foremost Authority on Megaprojects; Strategy and Planning Expert; Author of “Megaprojects and Risk”; Professor, Oxford University’s Saïd Business School

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 Bent Flyvbjerg Biography

Megaprojects have been around since the days of the Pharaohs, and the world’s infatuation with “the biggest,” “the tallest,” “the longest” is only getting stronger. But the need for more effective leadership, strategy and planning is equally strong to meet today’s challenges – and it’s Bent Flyvbjerg’s mission to improve management of infrastructure and technology, and change megaprojects. Flyvbjerg is the inaugural Chair of Major Programme Management at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. His seminal book, “Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition” (Cambridge University Press, 2003), is widely considered essential reading for project managers, sponsors and those involved in megaprojects. Flyvbjerg’s ideas on optimism bias (the tendency to take an overly positive view of planned actions) and strategic misrepresentation (deliberately misstating the likely outcomes of actions) have been incorporated into strategic planning of projects around the world. He continues to influence the development of project management both through his research and through teaching some of the leading program managers of today and tomorrow. A frequent advisor and consultant to government and business, Flyvbjerg has helped formulate national policies for infrastructure, environment, transportation and science, and supported organizations in improving success of projects. The most widely cited scholar in his field, his research has been covered by influential media, including Science, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, BBC, CNN, Charlie Rose, and many others. Flyvbjerg also focuses on the philosophy and methodology of social science, and loaned his name to the so-called “Flyvbjerg Debate,” which examines the role of social science in society in response to his book, “Making Social Science Matter” (Cambridge University Press, 2001). He developed the research methodology called “phronetic social science,” and has employed the methodology in studies of rationality and power. Knighted in 2002, Flyvbjerg has received numerous honors and awards, including two visiting Fulbright Scholarships which he used to conduct research at the University of California at Los Angeles, Berkeley and Harvard University. Flyvbjerg received his PhD from Aarhus University, Denmark, and also holds two higher doctorates from Aalborg University in engineering and science.

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Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition

Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition

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  • Solving the Megaproblems of Megaprojects through Leadership, Strategy and Planning

    Megaprojects – massive investments of millions to billions of dollars in infrastructure, technology or change – are on the rise worldwide. Yet, their failure rates are staggering. In fact, upward of 90 percent of such projects consistently end up costing considerably more, with diminished value far below projections. Mismanaged megaprojects routinely cost the jobs of top managers; they’ve also sunk whole corporations, and even cities and nations are in peril. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg explores the reasons for megaproject failure and suggests practical solutions, drawing on theory and scientific evidence from more than 6,000 projects in 103 nations and six continents. As advancements in society increasingly take place through complex, contested and politicized projects, this is even more important to understand – for students, scholars, planners, economists, auditors, politicians and concerned citizens alike. Professor Flyvbjerg explains his views on the need for strong leadership, strategic governance, an open and honest civil society, and how he sees that tradition is at a breaking point and reform is emerging.

  • Build Your “Masterbuilder” Leadership

    Delivering megaprojects on budget, on time and to benefit is very challenging, yet success is not impossible. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg has dedicated decades to studying masterbuilders and believes their success lies in strong leadership. Drawing on theory and evidence on how novices become elders in their fields, he explores the role of intuition and positive heuristics in day-to-day management of megaprojects. “If you are in charge of delivering megaprojects, the odds are stacked against you,” Professor Flyvbjerg explains. “Masterbuilders stand out in this field because they have learned simple heuristics and programmatics that work.” He offers a clear, actionable approach for understanding the unwritten rules of leadership teams to improve megaproject success.

  • Stack the Odds in Your Favor: Preventing Megaproject Disaster

    Megaprojects frequently overrun their cost and delay deadlines. In extreme cases, out-of-control projects end top managers’ careers, damage reputations and bankrupt whole companies. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg explores how disaster can be avoided by reducing the technical and social complexity of projects, strengthening the organization’s capabilities and exploiting beneficial behaviors. The key to avoiding disaster is to thin out the fat tails, and make projects and risks more predictable. Professor Flyvbjerg explains hands-on ways to spot potential disaster early and to de-risk projects.

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Bent Flyvbjerg

Foremost Authority on Megaprojects; Strategy and Planning Expert; Author of “Megaprojects and Risk”; Professor, Oxford University’s Saïd Business School

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Bent Flyvbjerg Biography

Megaprojects have been around since the days of the Pharaohs, and the world’s infatuation with “the biggest,” “the tallest,” “the longest” is only getting stronger. But the need for more effective leadership, strategy and planning is equally strong to meet today’s challenges – and it’s Bent Flyvbjerg’s mission to improve management of infrastructure and technology, and change megaprojects. Flyvbjerg is the inaugural Chair of Major Programme Management at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. His seminal book, “Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition” (Cambridge University Press, 2003), is widely considered essential reading for project managers, sponsors and those involved in megaprojects. Flyvbjerg’s ideas on optimism bias (the tendency to take an overly positive view of planned actions) and strategic misrepresentation (deliberately misstating the likely outcomes of actions) have been incorporated into strategic planning of projects around the world. He continues to influence the development of project management both through his research and through teaching some of the leading program managers of today and tomorrow. A frequent advisor and consultant to government and business, Flyvbjerg has helped formulate national policies for infrastructure, environment, transportation and science, and supported organizations in improving success of projects. The most widely cited scholar in his field, his research has been covered by influential media, including Science, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, BBC, CNN, Charlie Rose, and many others. Flyvbjerg also focuses on the philosophy and methodology of social science, and loaned his name to the so-called “Flyvbjerg Debate,” which examines the role of social science in society in response to his book, “Making Social Science Matter” (Cambridge University Press, 2001). He developed the research methodology called “phronetic social science,” and has employed the methodology in studies of rationality and power. Knighted in 2002, Flyvbjerg has received numerous honors and awards, including two visiting Fulbright Scholarships which he used to conduct research at the University of California at Los Angeles, Berkeley and Harvard University. Flyvbjerg received his PhD from Aarhus University, Denmark, and also holds two higher doctorates from Aalborg University in engineering and science.

Bent Flyvbjerg Videos

  • MSc in Major Programme Management - Major Programme Risk
  • Why Do Megaprojects Fail?

Bent Flyvbjerg Books

Bent Flyvbjerg Speaking Topics

  • Solving the Megaproblems of Megaprojects through Leadership, Strategy and Planning

    Megaprojects – massive investments of millions to billions of dollars in infrastructure, technology or change – are on the rise worldwide. Yet, their failure rates are staggering. In fact, upward of 90 percent of such projects consistently end up costing considerably more, with diminished value far below projections. Mismanaged megaprojects routinely cost the jobs of top managers; they’ve also sunk whole corporations, and even cities and nations are in peril. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg explores the reasons for megaproject failure and suggests practical solutions, drawing on theory and scientific evidence from more than 6,000 projects in 103 nations and six continents. As advancements in society increasingly take place through complex, contested and politicized projects, this is even more important to understand – for students, scholars, planners, economists, auditors, politicians and concerned citizens alike. Professor Flyvbjerg explains his views on the need for strong leadership, strategic governance, an open and honest civil society, and how he sees that tradition is at a breaking point and reform is emerging.

  • Build Your “Masterbuilder” Leadership

    Delivering megaprojects on budget, on time and to benefit is very challenging, yet success is not impossible. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg has dedicated decades to studying masterbuilders and believes their success lies in strong leadership. Drawing on theory and evidence on how novices become elders in their fields, he explores the role of intuition and positive heuristics in day-to-day management of megaprojects. “If you are in charge of delivering megaprojects, the odds are stacked against you,” Professor Flyvbjerg explains. “Masterbuilders stand out in this field because they have learned simple heuristics and programmatics that work.” He offers a clear, actionable approach for understanding the unwritten rules of leadership teams to improve megaproject success.

  • Stack the Odds in Your Favor: Preventing Megaproject Disaster

    Megaprojects frequently overrun their cost and delay deadlines. In extreme cases, out-of-control projects end top managers’ careers, damage reputations and bankrupt whole companies. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg explores how disaster can be avoided by reducing the technical and social complexity of projects, strengthening the organization’s capabilities and exploiting beneficial behaviors. The key to avoiding disaster is to thin out the fat tails, and make projects and risks more predictable. Professor Flyvbjerg explains hands-on ways to spot potential disaster early and to de-risk projects.

FAQs on booking Bent Flyvbjerg

  • How to book Bent Flyvbjerg?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bent Flyvbjerg for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bent Flyvbjerg, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bent Flyvbjerg or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bent Flyvbjerg?

    Booking fees for Bent Flyvbjerg, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bent Flyvbjerg, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bent Flyvbjerg?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bent Flyvbjerg for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bent Flyvbjerg for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bent Flyvbjerg or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bent Flyvbjerg or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bent Flyvbjerg is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bent Flyvbjerg for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Bent Flyvbjerg generally travels from OxfordUK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Wanis Kabbaj, Knut Haanaes, Marie Forleo, Topher Conway and Larry Walker. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bent Flyvbjerg for an upcoming event.

Bent Flyvbjerg Speaker Videos

  • MSc in Major Programme Management - Major Programme Risk
    Why Do Megaprojects Fail?

Bent Flyvbjerg Speaking Topics

  • Solving the Megaproblems of Megaprojects through Leadership, Strategy and Planning

    Megaprojects – massive investments of millions to billions of dollars in infrastructure, technology or change – are on the rise worldwide. Yet, their failure rates are staggering. In fact, upward of 90 percent of such projects consistently end up costing considerably more, with diminished value far below projections. Mismanaged megaprojects routinely cost the jobs of top managers; they’ve also sunk whole corporations, and even cities and nations are in peril. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg explores the reasons for megaproject failure and suggests practical solutions, drawing on theory and scientific evidence from more than 6,000 projects in 103 nations and six continents. As advancements in society increasingly take place through complex, contested and politicized projects, this is even more important to understand – for students, scholars, planners, economists, auditors, politicians and concerned citizens alike. Professor Flyvbjerg explains his views on the need for strong leadership, strategic governance, an open and honest civil society, and how he sees that tradition is at a breaking point and reform is emerging.

  • Build Your “Masterbuilder” Leadership

    Delivering megaprojects on budget, on time and to benefit is very challenging, yet success is not impossible. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg has dedicated decades to studying masterbuilders and believes their success lies in strong leadership. Drawing on theory and evidence on how novices become elders in their fields, he explores the role of intuition and positive heuristics in day-to-day management of megaprojects. “If you are in charge of delivering megaprojects, the odds are stacked against you,” Professor Flyvbjerg explains. “Masterbuilders stand out in this field because they have learned simple heuristics and programmatics that work.” He offers a clear, actionable approach for understanding the unwritten rules of leadership teams to improve megaproject success.

  • Stack the Odds in Your Favor: Preventing Megaproject Disaster

    Megaprojects frequently overrun their cost and delay deadlines. In extreme cases, out-of-control projects end top managers’ careers, damage reputations and bankrupt whole companies. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg explores how disaster can be avoided by reducing the technical and social complexity of projects, strengthening the organization’s capabilities and exploiting beneficial behaviors. The key to avoiding disaster is to thin out the fat tails, and make projects and risks more predictable. Professor Flyvbjerg explains hands-on ways to spot potential disaster early and to de-risk projects.

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