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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Jamiel Vadell


The failure rate of leadership achieving profitability targets is estimated to be as high as 60%. Many organizations fail to meet profitability targets due to a lack of expertise and insight into strategic leadership skills. The objective of this single case study was to explore the role of strategic leadership in healthcare organization profitability in the United States. Five senior healthcare executives from Georgia with at least 15 years of expertise in the healthcare sector and 10 years in senior leadership were chosen to participate in the study. Purposeful sampling was used to identify the participants. The resource-based view framed the discussion on strategic leadership skills needed to stimulate healthcare profitability. Data were collected using semistructured interviews with open-ended questions to elicit in-depth responses from the study participants. Social media and company websites were also reviewed as additional data sources. Thematic analysis was used in the data analysis. Seven themes emerged from the analysis of data: leadership factor, human capital development, flexibility, managing financial resources, market expansion, customer satisfaction, and standardization. These findings may benefit senior healthcare leaders in Georgia and be the catalyst to social change by improving healthcare profitability in the United States, stimulating a growth in employment, and creating employment opportunities.