Knut Fredrik Samset

Professor Department of Civil and Transport Engineering

+47 73594641 +47 90084811
S. P. Andersens veg 5, Valgrinda*2.105

Background and activities

Knut Samset is Professor of Project Management at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway www.ntnu.no . He is the director of the Concept Research Programme on Front-end Management of Large Investment Projects www.concept.ntnu.no , and founding director and senior partner of Scanteam www.scanteam.no , an international consultancy based in Oslo.
 
He has extensive experience as researcher and advisor to national and international organisations in the fields of risk management, appraisal, planning and evaluation of investment cases, projects and programmes. He has provided technical assistance, to governments in many countries, and undertaken studies and evaluations on behalf of the governments of the Nordic countries and Japan, UN agencies, OECD, The World Bank, and several nongovernmental organisations. He is presently teaching Master’s and PhD level courses on Front-end management of projects, Project planning, evaluation, and Qualitative research methodology. His current research is on project governance, front-end planning and decision making, and appraisal and quality assurance of major investments. He has published a large number of research reports and papers and is the author of several books on technology assessment, project design, evaluation and front-end management of projects

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Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

  • Andersen, Bjørn Sørskot; Samset, Knut Fredrik; Welde, Morten. (2016) Low estimates – high stakes: Underestimation of costs at the front-end of projects. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. vol. 9 (1).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik; Christensen, Tom. (2015) Ex Ante Project Evaluation and the Complexity of Early Decision-Making. Public Organization Review. vol. 15 (2).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik; Volden, Gro Holst. (2015) Front-end definition of projects: Ten paradoxes and some reflections regarding project management and project governance. International Journal of Project Management. vol. 34 (2).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik; Andersen, Bjørn; Austeng, Kjell. (2014) To Which Extent Do Projects Explore the Opportunity Space? A study of conceptual appraisals and the choice of conceptual solutions. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. vol. 7 (3).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik; Volden, Gro Holst. (2014) Front end Governance of Major Public Projects - Lessons with a Norwegian Quality Assurance Scheme. Front end Governance of Major Public Projects - Lessons with a Norwegian Quality Assurance Scheme. International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction. vol. 3 (2).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik; Volden, Gro Holst. (2013) Små ideer og store prosjekter. Linesøya fastlandsforbindelse - samfunnsnytten som forsvant. en øvelse i samfunnsøkonomisk lønnsomhetsvurdering. Små ideer og store prosjekter. Linesøya fastlandsforbindelse - samfunnsnytten som forsvant. en øvelse i samfunnsøkonomisk lønnsomhetsvurdering. Prosjektledelse.
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik. (2011) Strategy Making with an Alphabet Soup of Objectives. Strategy Making with an Alphabet Soup of Objectives. Project Management. vol. XXXII.
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik. (2010) Kostnadsoverskridelser over og under teppet. Et spørsmål om god styring eller dårlige valg. Kostnadsoverskridelser over og under teppet. Et spørsmål om god styring eller dårlige valg. Prosjektledelse.
  • Williams, Terry; Samset, Knut Fredrik. (2010) Issues in Front-End Decision Making on Projects. Project Management Journal. vol. 41 (2).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik. (2008) Hvor skal vi? Jeg vet ikke, sa Ole Brumm. Og så gikk de dit. Om prosjekter med og uten mål og mening. Hvor skal vi? Jeg vet ikke, sa Ole Brumm. Og så gikk de dit. Om prosjekter med og uten mål og mening. Prosjektledelse.
  • Sunnevaag, Kjell; Samset, Knut Fredrik. (2008) Making large decisions when little information exists. Making large decisions when little information exists. Projektitoiminta. vol. 29 (1).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik. (2007) God dag mann hostesaft. Kvalitativ informasjon og misforståelser som beslutningsunderlag i prosjekter. Logikk, semantikk og presisjon. God dag mann hostesaft. Kvalitativ informasjon og misforståelser som beslutningsunderlag i prosjekter. Logikk, semantikk og presisjon. Prosjektledelse.
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik; Sunnevåg, Kjell J.. (2007) Making large decisions when little information exists. Making large decisions when little information exists. Projektitoiminta.
  • Olsson, Nils; Austeng, Kjell; Samset, Knut Fredrik; Lædre, Ola. (2004) Ensuring Quality-at-entry: Challenges in Front-end Management. Ensuring Quality-at-entry: Challenges in Front-end Management. Projektitoiminta. vol. 27 (1).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik; Forrs, Kim. (1999) Square Pegs and Round Holes: Evaluation, Uncertainty and Risk Management. Square Pegs and Round Holes: Evaluation, Uncertainty and Risk Management. Evaluation: International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice.
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik; Haavaldsen, Tore. (1999) Uncertainty in Development Projects. Uncertainty in Development Projects. Revue canadienne d'études du développement / Canadian Journal of Development Studies. vol. XX (No 2).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik; Haavaldsen, Tore. (1997) Uncertainty in Decision Making. Factors and Strategies Affecting Uncertainty in Planning and Management of Projects. Uncertainty in Decision Making. Factors and Strategies Affecting Uncertainty in Planning and Management of Projects. Revue canadienne d'études du développement / Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
  • Forss, Kim; Cracknell, Basil; Samset, Knut Fredrik. (1994) Evaluation Systems when Policies are Changing. Evaluation Systems when Policies are Changing. Project Appraisal. vol. 9 (1).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik; Forss, Kim; Cracknell, Basil. (1994) Can Evaluation Help an Organisation to Learn?. Can Evaluation Help an Organisation to Learn?. Evaluation review. vol. 18 (5).
  • Samset, Knut Fredrik. (1981) Technology and Structures for Appropriate Development. Technology and Structures for Appropriate Development. Revue canadienne d'études du développement / Canadian Journal of Development Studies. vol. 2 (2).