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Stefan Scholtes

Stefan Scholtes

Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management
Director of the Centre for Health Leadership & Enterprise (CCHLE)

Diploma, PhD, Habilitation (Karlsruhe University)

Research interests

Stefan studies healthcare management and has specific interests in the transformation of local health ecosystems and in the determinants and consequences of clinical decisions in patient flow systems. He has a methodological interest in causal modelling techniques and their applications to large routinely collected healthcare datasets. Stefan's research is strongly practice-based and embedded in collaborations with hospitals and primary care practices in and around Cambridge.

Subject group: Operations & Technology Management

Professional experience

Stefan teaches business analytics and healthcare management on the Cambridge MBA and develops and co-teaches leadership programmes for clinicians and healthcare managers.

He is the founding director of the Cambridge Centre for Health Leadership & Enterprise, chair of the board of Granta Medical Practices in Cambridgeshire and holds honorary appointments at Cambridge University Hospitals and the Royal Papworth Hospital.

Stefan is editor of the healthcare management department of Management Science and an associate editor for healthcare of the Journal of Operations Management. He was previously associate editor of Operations Research, Mathematics of Operations Research, SIAM Journal on Optimization and the IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis.

Previous appointments

Before joining Cambridge Judge Business School in 1996, Stefan taught operations research at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and at the University of Cambridge's Engineering Department, where he retains a courtesy faculty position. Prior to his appointment as Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management in 2010, he was Professor of Management Science and Head of the Management Science group at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Stefan has held visiting positions at Stanford, MIT and London Business School.

Selected publications

Kuntz, L., Scholtes, S. and Sülz, S. (2018) "Separate and concentrate: accounting for patient complexity in general hospitals." Management Science (forthcoming)

Freeman, M., Savva, N. and Scholtes, S. (2017) "Gatekeepers at work: an empirical analysis of a maternity unit." Management Science, 63(10): 3147-3167 (DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.2016.2512)

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)

Scholtes, S. (2012) Introduction to piecewise differentiable equations. New York: Springer.

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

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.

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Clinical leadership

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Cambridge Independent: Stabilising the patient and curing the ills of the NHS

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Split Addenbrooke’s in two

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Phys.org: Flexible engineering design for infrastructure projects

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

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

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Contact details

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

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339635

s.scholtes@jbs.cam.ac.uk

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

Featured research

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