Bent Flyvbjerg is the first BT Professor and inaugural chair of Major Programme Management at Oxford University. He works for better management of megaprojects and cities. He also writes about the philosophy and methodology of social science. Flyvbjerg is a leading international expert within the field of programme management and planning, perhaps best known for his book Megaprojects and risk – An anatomy of ambition, widely considered as essential reading for project managers, sponsors and those involved in megaprojects. He is the most cited scholar in his field and his 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 project evaluation techniques around the world. Flyvbjerg continues to influence the development of project management both through his research and through teaching some of the leading programme managers of today and tomorrow.
Flyvbjerg has worked as a consultant to regulators, corporations, banks, national audit offices, the EU Commission, and the United Nations, and has been an adviser to the UK, Dutch and Danish governments in formulating national policies for infrastructure, environment, transportation, and science. His books and articles have been translated into 19 languages and his research has been covered by Science, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The BBC, and many others. He has received numerous honours and awards, including two Visiting Fulbright Scholarships to the US, where he did research at the University of California at Los Angeles and Berkeley, and at Harvard University. He was knighted in the Order of the Dannebrog in 2002.
Flyvbjerg received his Ph.D. from Aarhus University, Denmark, and in addition holds two higher doctorates from Aalborg University; in engineering (Dr. Techn.) and science (Dr. Scient.) respectively. He is a Professorial Fellow and non-executive director of St Anne’s College, Oxford.