In the Netherlands, higher education is public and subsidized by the government. Students pay tuition, but the rates are modest. The same is true for medical education. You might think that low tuition rates would swell the numbers of Dutch medical students but that’s not the case. There are only 8 medical schools in the country and the government carefully restricts the number of medical students enrolled in each of 36 specialty areas.
That leads to an interesting question – how does the Dutch government know how many doctors the country will need? Until recently, they didn’t. The estimates used weren’t good enough to prevent impacts on quantity/supply of care as was evidenced by a decision in the ‘80’s to close two schools of dentistry. When the schools were closed, an abundance of dentists left many of them unemployed. Unfortunately, a number of years later, dentists were in short supply and one of the schools had to be reopened.
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Dr. Oliver Grasl
Imagine you run a boutique consulting firm and want to build it into a larger business. Increasing profits and expanding the firm requires billing more hours. There are two ways to increase billable hours: sell larger projects that take more time to complete or sell larger project teams. How do you determine which strategy will be most effective?
You could try one option and see how it goes. That’s a big risk; it could fail miserably. In the event that business did increase a bit, you’d never know if the second option, the one you didn’t try, would have worked even better.
Oliver Grasl, Managing Director of transentis, a management consulting agency based in Berlin, Germany, is helping clients create and test business plans that address questions just like this. In fact, one of his clients was the boutique consulting firm trying to find the best way to expand.
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We've just passed the mid-year point of 2010 and thought you might be interested in a recap of the new product releases, training materials and other online resources that we've been busy developing over the past six months:
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