On November 3rd, the symposium 'De bestuurlijke toekomst van Professional Services Firms' ('The managerial future of Professional Services Firms'), organised by the Harvard Rosarium Genootschap, took place at NautaDutilh's Amsterdam office. During this event, advisors, lawyers and accountants talked about their future.
The way that professional service firms are managed has become a discussion point in recent years. Clients have become more critical and are looking for alternatives. According to the Harvard Rosarium, professionals and organisations need to rethink their business models.
Marie Pauline Lauret (chairman of the working group 'Future of the Accountancy'), Paul Koster (Director of the VEB), Gaike Dalenoord (managing partner at NautaDutilh) and Monique van Dijken Eeuwijk (chair of NautaDutilh's Benelux sector team Professional Service Firms) spoke at the symposium. Gaike paid attention to true partnership and the special position of the lawyer in our constitutional state. Monique addressed the current lack of societal trust in the financial markets in which professional services firms play a role. The very interactive discussion was led by Jan Willem Kradolfer (managing partner at WagenaarHoes). Because of the success of the symposium, the Harvard Rosarium expects to organise a similar event in the near future.
The Harvard Rosarium Genootschap was founded in 2007 by the Dutch participants of the Harvard Business School programme 'Leading professional service firms'. The members are current and previous managing partners of Dutch professional services firms.