Name: Mark Stoutjesdijk
Job title: Radiologist, Ikazia Hospital and SpijkenisseMC in the Netherlands
Previous degree: PhD in Medical Sciences
1. Why did you decide to join RSM’s Executive MBA?
“Healthcare is changing a lot. Doctors get by with management issues at work, but don’t have formal education to manage things. I think the MBA is a useful addition as I was losing track of what was happening around me. I want to not just understand why things are happening, but also influence and make an impact on how things are becoming.”
2. How are you managing to balance studying with work?
“It’s difficult – I have management tasks and medical tasks at the hospital. Of course it’s also a useful skill to be able to plan and deal with multiple deadlines. It’s hard to get everything done, but it’s doable.”
3. How is the EMBA experience affecting your work?
“Things start to make more sense from a business point of view, instead of a medical point of view. To be efficient financially you have to know the business side of healthcare. I now understand better why things are being changed by the government. My colleagues and I find it frustrating that the way we work is becoming more and more regulated, for example by an annual production ceiling: a maximum number of people that we can help. From a business point of view, it makes more sense now. I’m more at ease about what’s going on.”
4. What is the return on investment you expect from the Executive MBA?
“I’m getting a broader perspective, professionally and personally. Without an MBA I'd probably practice radiology the rest of my career. With the MBA I’ll be able to make new career choices. It opens a lot of new possibilities for me.”
5. How has the Personal Leadership Development programme (PLD) affected you?
“We learn to understand people’s motivations. PLD gives me insights into how people act and why they do things. I know better how to talk with people throughout the hospitals and get things done the way I like them to get done.”
6. What can you say about your classmates?
“When choosing between the OneMBA and the EMBA, I chose EMBA because of the broad spectrum of people who aren’t senior in their roles yet. Everyone is looking for some kind of change. It’s a good mix of people. For example, I was amazed how many people have nothing to do with finance. There are many engineers.”
7. What has been the best part of the EMBA so far?
“The subjects are all really useful. The best thing about RSM’s EMBA is the way that it changes my thinking and my abilities. It’s more than just adding knowledge. The interaction with other people and their varied viewpoints on the same issues I have is really valuable.”
8. What is the biggest challenge of the Executive MBA?
“Getting the most out of the team can be a challenge. Everybody does different things, but what you want to end up with is the best possible result as efficiently as possible, while still making sure that everyone is getting the most out of the experience.”
9. After the Executive MBA, what does the future hold?
“I have strong new skills and knowledge about how to manage organisations and teams, and can strategically think about where a company should go. The EMBA has changed my ideas about what I want in life. I’m happy where I am now, so I don’t expect anything major to happen in the near future, but it’s difficult to look really far ahead. The EMBA has opened up a lot of opportunities and interesting career paths.”