Concept Symposium 2006

Concept Symposium 2006

– September 7th - 8th 2006

The Norwegian Ministry of Finance and the Concept Research Program welcomed more than 80 specially invited participants from governmental agencies, academia, consultancy firms, and project management associations. Participants were selected resource persons with particular experience related to the symposium topics, from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and United Kingdom and USA.

"This was an extremely high profiled program with insightful leading edge presentations by international and local speakers" - Thomas Walenta, Director, PMI Board of Directors

"I really enjoyed the deliberations and high quality contents. You all are contributing a lot in strengthening project management. As a President of IPMA, I must compliment the efforts of all of you" - Jain Adesh, President International Project Management Association (IPMA)

"Thought-provoking conference" - Jeffrey Pinto, Professor, Penn State University

The topics covered in the Concept Symposium 2006 were: What are the current procedures applied in different countries and agencies - and what are their effects? What would it take to develop more effective governance regimes at international, government or corporate level to ensure maximum utility and return on investment for society and investors? What would be the optimal mix of regulations, economic means and information in improved governance regimes for major investment projects?

Programme and presentations 2006

Presentations Day 1: Thursday - September 7, 2006


Welcome speech by the Pro-Rector of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Astrid Lægreid, Pro-Rector and Professor, NTNU


Organizational Governance and Project Success: Lessons from Boston’s Big Dig
Jeffrey Pinto, Professor, Penn State University, USA


The Governance of Major Projects: Lessons from the Channel Fixed Link
Graham Winch, PhD MCIOB, Professor, Manchester Business School, UK.


Norway: A Regime for External Quality Assurance of Major Public Projects
Peder Berg, Deputy Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Finance


Excellence and Improvisation in Life and Projects – by Way of Jazz
Bjørn Alterhaug (bass) and John Pål Inderberg (sax), NTNU


Improving Quality at Entry – Principles and Procedures
Knut Samset, Professor, NTNU and Program Director, Concept Program


United Kingdom: Experiences of Implementing the OGC Gateway Process for Governance of Large Projects
Ian Glenday, Executive Director, Office of Government Commerce. This presentation was held by Colin Howard, Director, SJC Howard Ltd, UK


Presentations Day 2: Friday - September 8, 2006


Accountable Megaproject Decision-making
Bent Flyvbjerg, Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark


Canada: Governance of Major Projects – the Case of Quebec
Roger Miller, Professor, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada


Finland: Governing Major Investment Projects by Result Oriented Budgeting, Reforming Administration and Utilizing Markets Efficiently
Pekka Pelkonen, Budget Counsellor, Ministry of Finance, Finland


Predictable and Competitive Investment Processes. Experience from the Private Sector and Norwegian Petroleum Industry
Arne Liverud, Managing Director, Naturkraft AS