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Master of Science in Global Healthcare Leadership (MGHL) Dissertation

The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences leads the programme in partnership with Saïd Business School.

I am actively engaged in researching and writing a dissertation project, Competencies in global healthcare leadership training programmes: protocol for a scoping review and curricular content, as part of the MGHL programme. 

David Nunan is the supervisor of the Dissertation. 


General Editor, Readings in Global Healthcare Leadership (Pending in 2025).

General Editor, Navigating the Organisational Landscape: A Practitioner's Guide to Effective Leadership (Pending in 2024).

Mathis, S.D. (2022). Mastering the Power of People Development. In L. Johri, K. Corich, & G. Haskins (Eds.), Mastering the Power of You: Empowered by Leader Insights. Taylor & Francis.

Nursing Leadership: From the Outside In. Author of chapter, "Nursing Leadership." Springer Publishing Company (2013).

Republic of Nurses: Solving the World Nurse Shortage. Cumberland Press (2010).

Solving the Global Nurse Shortage: Social Media & The Cultural Transformation of Nursing. Cumberland Press (2008).

Shawn D. Mathis

PhD, MA, MSc (ABD)

Professor of Global Healthcare Leadership and Innovation at The Harbinger Institute™ and CEO at Rippyl™

Transforming Healthcare Leadership Through Knowledge Translation and Capacity Building

Global Healthcare Leadership and Innovation

Professor of Global Healthcare Leadership and Innovation and Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Transformative Healthcare Leadership at The Harbinger Institute, with an education and research focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo. The work involves collaborating with physicians and medical students at the Protestant University of Congo and Vanga Hospital, where I am dedicated to advancing healthcare leadership and fostering transformative change in the region. 

Innovative and strategic Chief Executive Officer at Rippyl™ with over 30 years of experience in leading SaaS technology initiatives focused on leadership development. Expert in driving organisational growth, navigating complex business challenges, and cultivating a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. Proven ability to strategize and execute long-term plans, manage diverse stakeholder relationships, and make impactful financial decisions.

Other Activities

Executive Chairman at the Global Healthcare Leadership Institute, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Council Member at the Centre for Global Healthcare Leadership, Oxford, UK. 

Programme Instructor of The Board Directors’ Programme at Henley Business School, University of Reading.

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Research—Adaptive Strategy Competencies in LMIC Healthcare Leadership

My research interest focuses on the primary development needs and challenges in healthcare leadership within Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The research centres on enhancing healthcare leadership competencies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), through applying the Adaptive Strategy Theorem™. This approach is not just about measuring the severity of dilemmas (D) but, more importantly, evaluating healthcare leaders' knowledge and experience in handling these challenges. The theorem intricately assesses how leaders respond to urgent (U) and persistent (P) risks, utilise opportunities (O), and pursue determined objectives (G), all within the framework of their leadership competencies. By quantitatively and qualitatively analysing these aspects, the purpose is to develop and refine leadership skills that are adaptable and effective in addressing the strategic needs and constraints of LMIC healthcare systems.