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strategic misrepresentation

In planning and budgeting, the tendency for those presenting projects for approval knowingly to understate costs and overstate benefits. This is a matter of deliberate policy and thus ...

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A Dictionary of Business and Management (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
78 words

... misrepresentation In planning and budgeting, the tendency for those presenting projects for approval knowingly to understate costs and overstate benefits. This is a matter of deliberate policy and thus distinct from optimism bias , planning fallacy , or simple miscalculation. Those who adopt such a policy would probably justify it as an expected part of the negotiation ‘game’ and argue that many worthwhile projects would never get approval if the true costs were revealed at the...

strategic misrepresentation

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A Dictionary of Accounting (5 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
75 words

... misrepresentation In planning and budgeting, the tendency for those presenting projects for approval knowingly to understate costs and overstate benefits. This is a matter of deliberate policy and thus distinct from optimism bias or simple miscalculation. Those who adopt such a policy would probably justify it as an expected part of the negotiation ‘game’ and argue that many worthwhile projects would never get approval if the true costs were revealed at the...

strategic misrepresentation

strategic misrepresentation  

In planning and budgeting, the tendency for those presenting projects for approval knowingly to understate costs and overstate benefits. This is a matter of deliberate policy and thus distinct from ...
Exploration

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
4,825 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...pretty transparently, arose from the need to legitimize the British acquisition of the Cape in 1802 . The authoritative character of exploratory writing was undermined not only by these forms of incoherence but also by the association of the genre with fantasy and misrepresentation. While a few notable explorers, such as Cook and Park, were widely presented as exemplary heroes, others, including James *Bruce , were sometimes regarded as charlatans. Because the value of a particular journey was so closely identified with new discoveries and with the...

planning fallacy

planning fallacy  

The demonstrated tendency for people to underestimate the length of time it will take them to complete a task. Various explanations have been offered, including optimism bias, failure to allow for ...
tactical voting

tactical voting  

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In a first‐past‐the‐post electoral system a vote is tactical when it is cast for a candidate that the voter believes is more likely to win than their preferred candidate, to best influence who wins ...
optimism bias

optimism bias  

The tendency for people to be optimistic about future events, especially those seen as following from their own plans and actions. Although optimism is no doubt a stimulus to enterprise, it has ...
identity politics

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
119 words

... sex , or sexual orientation ) shared by a group that feels it is marginalized, underrepresented, and misrepresented ( see also marginalization ; offensiveness ). It seeks the defence of its rights as a subordinated minority and is reflected in such forms as feminism , gay activism, and religious fundamentalism. Attacked by critics ( see also queer theory ) as essentialism , its apologists sometimes refer to it as a pragmatic strategy of strategic essentialism in a struggle for equal rights. The related concept of ‘identity work’ frames identities as...

optimism bias

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A Dictionary of Business and Management (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
125 words

...for managers to underestimate costs and duration and to overestimate benefits ( see planning fallacy ). This being so, there is now an explicit requirement for those managing government projects in the UK to include an adjustment for optimism bias. See also strategic misrepresentation...

planning fallacy

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A Dictionary of Business and Management (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
159 words

...unexpected events of all kinds). The best antidote to planning fallacy is to research how long comparable projects have taken in the past (which can be accurately known), rather than making assumptions about the future (which cannot). See also Hofstadter’s law ; strategic misrepresentation...

place marketing

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Social sciences, Human Geography
Length:
155 words

...perhaps working with local businesses. It is a form of strategic advertising designed to attract new public or private investments, tourists, and new residents to a particular locality. Place marketing became widespread in Western countries after the long period of post- 1970 deindustrialization and the various economic recessions of the 1970s and 1980s. Towns and cities tried to be more entrepreneurial , taking measures to set accumulation on a new path. Place marketing cannot afford to misrepresent a place. Instead, it has to put a positive spin on...

tactical voting

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Stephen Fisher

A Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Social sciences, Politics
Length:
300 words

...seats in 1997 , 2001 and 2005 were lost by the Conservatives as a result, although not all tactical voting is anti-Conservative. There are also strategic incentives to misrepresent one’s preferences in other electoral systems ( see Gibbard–Satterthwaite theorem ). Typically they are much weaker and the frequency of strategic behaviour is correspondingly lower. Whilst the terms tactical voting and strategic voting are synonymous, sophisticated voting generally refers to behaviour in (particularly US Congressional) committees where there are defined agenda...

managerial cybernetics

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A Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018

...Sub-optimization The pursuit of narrow local objectives at the expense of overall objectives. Myopia The pursuit of short-term targets at the expense of long-term strategic objectives. Measure fixation Despite a measure not fully capturing all of the dimensions of an associated objective, the pursuit of the reported measure rather than furthering the associated objective. Misrepresentation The deliberate manipulation of data. Misinterpretation The performance indicator system misinterpreting the data provided. Gaming Minimizing the apparent scope for...

Tea

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

...also been explained as an acronym (Taxed Enough Already). Detractors accuse the movement of misrepresenting key events in American history in order to align their cause – which is somewhat difficult to define precisely, as the movement is not a political party in the true sense, and has no central leadership – with the beliefs of the founding fathers . Teapot Dome Scandal A corruption scandal that affected US president Harding’s administration in the 1920s. For strategic reasons the government had acquired a number of US oil fields, and from 1921 the...

Game Theory

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The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Social sciences
Length:
2,494 words

...and preferences. Here are some of the results in shorthand version. In three-person games, individual notions of justice or equity often seem to take priority before monetary gains; a dollar tends to divided equally rather than the 50-50-0 indicated by the theory. The analyst misrepresents the game by failing to take these norms into account in the utility functions of the actors. In two-person zero-sum games with merely two or three options, players tend to be able to identify the saddle point if one exists and act accordingly; this is not the case when the...

Rupmahal Theatre

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The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
1,087 words

...vitality perfectly conveyed the psyche of a patriot. The guile of the elder statesman Thangal was depicted by Bira, also the director. The very popularity of the play got Rupmahal entangled with the establishment again. The families of the Indian officials objected to the ‘misrepresentation’ of their forebears and the police seized the text. All subsequent performances relied on scripts rewritten from memory by the cast. Public support helped continue the production. Rupmahal's conservative management consolidated establishment values, while occasionally...

legal profession, public, and employed sector

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The New Oxford Companion to Law

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Law
Length:
1,334 words

...is a barrister in chambers or a partner in a law firm. Both own their own businesses: one as a self‐employed practitioner renting space and support in chambers; the other as part of a, sometimes very sizeable, partnership structure. Nevertheless, the paradigm is in fact a misrepresentation. Over 60 per cent of all solicitors with practising certificates are in fact employees within their firms; and it is increasingly reported that the ‘ultimate prize’ of partnership is no longer the goal of a substantial proportion of this salaried sector. The solicitors'...

Galbraith, John Kenneth

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The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Philosophy
Length:
1,080 words

...associated with poverty, arguing that the absence of money denies a person liberty. In his most recent work, The Economics of Innocent Fraud: Truth for Our Time ( 2004 ), he examines the underlying dynamics behind the growing tendency among institutional authorities to misrepresent the truth in subtle but pervasive ways. Gailbraith’s influence among economists has been tacitly acknowledged in James M. Buchanan ’s work on political capture and “public choice” economics; in Herbert A. Simon and the “new” institutionalist critique of the objectives and...

War Termination

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H.E. Goemans

The International Studies Encyclopedia

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Politics, Warfare and Defence
Length:
10,425 words

...and supposedly can solve commitment problems. Although I am not aware of any related research, it logically could also be the case that war somehow affects incentives to misrepresent. (Typically, scholars have focused narrowly on incentives to misrepresent in that they assume that any talk is “cheap talk” and thus payoff irrelevant. However, states might also have incentives to misrepresent because truthful revelation could be payoff-relevant; for example it could allow opponents to develop countermeasures to war plans – e.g. the Schlieffen Plan – and thereby...

Douglas, Clifford Hugh

Douglas, Clifford Hugh (1879–1952)   Reference library

The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Social sciences, Economics
Length:
1,962 words

...to Power on the strength of its widespread support amongst farming communities throughout Canada. Although it was extremely difficult to detect flaws in his reasoning, Douglas was systematically attacked as an economic heretic and a crank. The main method of attack was misrepresentation. By summarizing Douglas’s arguments inaccurately, and then refuting them as inaccurate, economic orthodoxy sought to stem the tide of his popularity. The final attack of this type focused upon Douglas’s supposed but non-existent anti-semitism. By drawing his fire on the...

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