Demet successfully defended her PhD thesis titled "Exploring Authentic Leadership in organizations: A case of public hospitals in Switzerland" on September 8, 2022 at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.
The examination committee: Dr Kenneth Jørgensen, Professor, Malmo University, Sweden (external) and Dr David Dawson, Reader, University of Gloucestershire, UK (internal).
Supervised by: Romeo V. Turcan
Demet explored how Authentic Leadership manifests within executive boards of Swiss public-sector hospitals. Constructivist Grounded Theory Methodology was adopted to dscover major concerns executive board leaders in Swiss public-sector hospitals face and how they resolve them. The research led to the emergence of Power Channeling that is " an authentic process of social impact to form reciprocal collaborations, which maximizes the engagement of executive leaders, toward the achievement of a goal". The emergent substantive theory of Power Channeling reveals new and original knowledge about Authentic Leadership mechanisms and enhances the discourse on Authentic Leadership.
Demet is a CEO at the Pflegeheim Fuhr, Zürich, Schweiz. She worked as a director of a public hospital in Switzerland, and held different leadership positions in the Swiss Leading Private Hospitals Group Hirslanden and, as CEO, in an IT company. She also holds an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma from University of Gloucestershire and BSc in Economic Science from Bern in Switzerland.