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Stefan Scholtes

Stefan Scholtes

Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management
Director of the Doctoral and Master of Research (MRes) Programmes
Academic Director of the Centre for Health Leadership & Enterprise (CCHLE)

Diploma, PhD, Habilitation (Karlsruhe University)

Research interests

The challenges of organising effective and efficient healthcare services, with specific interests in (i) the design of local and regional healthcare systems, specifically the division of labour between acute hospitals, specialist providers and primary care, (ii) the management of complex acute hospitals, specifically the role of organisational design and organisational and personal incentives, and (iii) the rigorous evaluation of managerial interventions, specifically the use of experimental design techniques and the exploitation of routinely collected organisational and national data.

Building on long-term relationships with UK organisations, such as the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Stefan is keen to engage with the challenges of organising healthcare both in the developed and developing world.

Subject group: Operations

Professional experience

Stefan is an associate editor of the Journal of Operations Management, and was previously associate editor of Operations Research, Mathematics of Operations Research, SIAM Journal on Optimization and IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis.

Previous appointments

Stefan has taught operations research at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and in Cambridge's Engineering Department, where he retains a courtesy faculty position. Prior to his appointment to the Gillings Chair of Health Management, he was Professor of Management Science at Cambridge Judge Business School. He has held visiting positions at Stanford, MIT and London Business School and spends regular sabbaticals at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Selected publications

Freeman, M., Savva, N. and Scholtes, S. (2016) "Gatekeepers at work: an empirical analysis of a maternity unit." Management Science (forthcoming)

Kuntz, L., Mennicken, R. and Scholtes, S. (2015) "Stress on the ward: evidence of safety tipping points in hospitals." Management Science, 61(4): 754-771 (DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.2014.1917)

Savva, N. and Scholtes, S. (2014) "Opt-out options in new product co-development partnerships." Production and Operations Management, 23(8): 1370-1386 (DOI: 10.1111/poms.12059)

de Neufville R. and Scholtes, S. (2011) Flexibility in engineering design. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kuosmanen, T., Post, G.T. and Scholtes, S. (2007) "Non-parametric tests of productive efficiency with errors-in-variables." Journal of Econometrics, 136(1): 131-162

View Professor Scholtes' publications list on his Engineering Department profile.

Case studies

Scholtes, S. (2015) "Reorganising care at Cambridge University Hospitals." Cambridge Judge Business School Case Study.

Split up ‘general’ hospitals

The financial straits of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the NHS more broadly underline the need to split up “general” hospitals, Professor Stefan Scholtes …

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Why big data comes with big headaches for the healthcare sector

“Big Data” is a phrase that seems to get many people excited these days. The potential is clearly so enormous that society …

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Researchers identify the safety ‘tipping point’ at which hospitals fail

Researchers have identified the point at which hospitals begin to fail, resulting in deaths of critically ill patients The safety tipping point …

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When slacker is safer

Professor Stefan Scholtes warns that exceeding the ‘tipping point’ can have serious consequences They turn up late. They seem immune to deadlines. …

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PhD student selected for Academy of Management Best Paper Award

Stefano Tasselli, a PhD candidate in Management Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School, has been awarded with the Academy of Management Best …

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Management training vital to the success of the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector

Cambridge Judge Business School’s Executive MBA aims to furnish senior executives with the knowledge and skills they need to take up a leading role …

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Recognising excellence

Cambridge Judge Business School announces Teaching Award winners and faculty promotions Cambridge Judge Business School is delighted to announce the winners of …

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Clinical leadership

The recent Darzi report recommends an increase in clinical leadership in the NHS. Whilst Professor Stefan Scholtes, Dennis Gillings Professor of Health …

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The art of asking the right question, not the science of giving the right answer

Has risk modelling and risk management lost its way? Professor Stefan Scholtes, Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management at Cambridge Judge Business …

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Split Addenbrooke’s in two

The financial straits of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the NHS more broadly underline the need to split up “general” hospitals in the UK, …

Read more Flexible engineering design for infrastructure projects

Stefan Scholtes, Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management at Cambridge Judge Business School, co-authors a book on flexibility in engineering design. The …

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Cambridge News: Circle pull-out at Hinchingbrooke Hospital could spell end for private companies running NHS trusts

Last week, Circle decided to pull out of its contract for running Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Cambridge News investigates the impact this will have …

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Singapore Business Times: Risk appetite should be aligned with corporate goals

A recent study of 82,000 patients in German hospitals by professors Ludwig Kuntz of University of Cologne, Roman Mennicken of Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut …

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The Times: Patients are ‘shunted like parcels’ in the night

This Times cover story features Stefan Scholtes, Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management at CJBS, and his research into the safety tipping …

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Contact details

Stefan Scholtes
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339635
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701

Visit Stefan's profile on the University's Department of Engineering website

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When slacker is safer

Professor Stefan Scholtes warns that exceeding the 'tipping point' can have serious consequences.

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