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Decision-Making on Mega-Projects

Cost–benefit Analysis, Planning and Innovation Edited by Hugo Priemus, Professor Emeritus of System Innovation and Spatial Development, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Bent Flyvbjerg, BT Professor and Chair of Major Programme Management, Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK and Bert van Wee, Professor of Transport Policy, Delft University of Technology and Scientific Director, TRAIL Research School, The Netherlands
This book enlarges the understanding of decision-making on mega-projects and suggest recommendations for a more effective, efficient and democratic approach. Authors from different scientific disciplines address various aspects of the decision-making process, such as management characteristics and cost–benefit analysis, planning and innovation and competition and institutions. The subject matter is highly diverse, but certain questions remain at the forefront. For example, how do we deal with protracted preparation processes, how do we tackle risks and uncertainties, and how can we best divide the risks and responsibilities among the private and public players throughout the different phases of the project?
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84542 737 5
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This book enlarges the understanding of decision-making on mega-projects and suggest recommendations for a more effective, efficient and democratic approach. Authors from different scientific disciplines address various aspects of the decision-making process, such as management characteristics and cost–benefit analysis, planning and innovation and competition and institutions. The subject matter is highly diverse, but certain questions remain at the forefront. For example, how do we deal with protracted preparation processes, how do we tackle risks and uncertainties, and how can we best divide the risks and responsibilities among the private and public players throughout the different phases of the project?

Presenting a state-of-the-art overview, based on experiences and visions of authors from Europe and North America, this unique book will be of interest to practitioners of large-scale project management, politicians, public officials and private organisations involved in mega-project decision-making. It will also appeal to researchers, consultants and students dealing with substantial engineering projects, complex systems, project management and transport infrastructure.
‘It will be useful for those experienced and senior professionals who are charged with authorizing and controlling projects. Recommended.’
– P.F. Rad, Choice

‘Building on the seminal work of Bent Flyvbjerg, this book is a collection of expert contributions that will prove essential to anyone wanting to understand why mega-projects go wrong and how they can be made to work better.’
– Professor Sir Peter Hall, University College London, UK

‘This book offers a refreshing and fascinating look at mega-projects from the perspective of public evaluation and planning. With the changing role of the public sector in planning and implementing large-scale projects and a subsequent strong emergence of private–public modes of operation, mega-projects have become a problematic phenomenon. This volume is a major source of information and reference. It provides the reader with unique insights and caveats in mega-projects planning.’
– Peter Nijkamp, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contributors: H. de Bruijn, W.M. de Jong, B. Flyvbjerg, K.T. Frick, M. Givoni, J. Koppenjan, D.R. Lessard, M. Leijten, R. Miller, H. Priemus, P. Rietveld, W. Rothengatter, K. Samset, L.A. Tavasszy, E.F. ten Heuvelhof, D. van de Velde, B. van Wee, R.W. Vickerman
Contents:

1. Introduction: Scope of the Book
Hugo Priemus, Bent Flyvbjerg and Bert van Wee

PART I: MANAGEMENT CHARACTERISTICS AND COST–BENEFIT ANALYSIS
2. Management Characteristics of Mega-Projects
Hans de Bruijn and Martijn Leijten

3. Ex-ante Evaluation of Mega-Projects: Methodological Issues and Cost–Benefit Analysis
Bert van Wee and Lóránt A. Tavasszy

4. Cost–Benefit Analysis and the Wider Economic Benefits from Mega-
Projects
Roger W. Vickerman

5. Mega-Projects and Contested Information
Hans de Bruijn and Martijn Leijten

PART II: PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING
6. How to Improve the Early Stages of Decision-making on Mega-
Projects?
Hugo Priemus

7. Public Planning of Mega-Projects: Overestimation of Demand and
Underestimation of Costs
Bent Flyvbjerg

8. Evolving Strategy: Risk Management and the Shaping of Mega-
Projects
Roger Miller and Donald R. Lessard

9. How to Overcome Major Weaknesses in Mega-Projects? The Norwegian Approach
Knut Samset

10. Public–Private Partnership and Mega-Projects
Joop Koppenjan

PART III: INNOVATION, COMPETITION AND INSTITUTIONS
11. Innovations in the Planning of Mega-Projects
Werner Rothengatter

12. The Cost of the Technological Sublime: Daring Ingenuity and the New San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
Karen Trapenberg Frick

13. Provision and Management of Dedicated Railway Systems: How to
Arrange Competition
Didier van de Velde and Ernst F. ten Heuvelhof

14. Rail Infrastructure at Major European Hub Airports: The Role of Institutional Settings
Moshe Givoni and Piet Rietveld

15. Drawing Institutional Lessons Across Countries on Making Transport Infrastructure Policy
W. Martin de Jong

Index