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David Gould

Contributing Faculty

College of Management and Human Potential

Degree Program Ph.D. Management

Primarily teach doctoral mentoring classes and residencies. Research interests include systems science, information technology, sustainability, and strategy. Social change interests include research and presentations on climate change and urban sustainability from a systems science perspective. My career has spanned the information technology, telecommunications, aerospace, and education industries at organizations including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Boeing, and the University of Phoenix. Experience includes software engineering, consulting, organizational architecture, sales management, and strategic planning. I founded 21C Consulting LLC, a management-consulting firm, and worked with major clients in the Seattle area before joining City University of Seattle to develop a new B.S. in Information Systems program. From 2008 to 2017, I was a full-time faculty member in Walden’s Ph.D. in Management program, where I chaired doctoral committees, taught at residencies, and was a member of the University Research Review Board. I currently teach on a part-time basis at Walden serve on doctoral committees and as a URR. My academic credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a MBA, a Masters in Software Engineering, and an Ed.D. with a focus on leadership and software engineering. I have earned several graduate certificates over the last few years on complexity science, global sustainability, and network science.

Recently, taught strategic planning classes at City University of Seattle in both the U.S. and Mexico. I was asked in August 2017 to assume a temporary position as the Executive Director of the Technology Institute at City University, with an end-date of May 31, 2018. In this role, in addition to typical administrative activities, I taught DBA classes, designed and taught new capstone classes in the MS in Cybersecurity and MS in Computer Science programs. From January to April 2018, I proposed and outlined a new Doctor in Information Technology program, redesigned the MS CS and MS Information Security programs, outlined a new BS in Information Security program, and worked on the effort for ABET and NSA re-certification until May 31, 2018. Taught BS CS and MS CS capstone classes at CityU through 2019.

Courses Taught

MGMT 8035 - Systems Thinking

MGMT 9000 - Doctoral Dissertation


EdD, Seattle University - Seattle, WA United States


Anthony, P. J., Gould, D. A., Smith, G. S. (2013). Educational Attainment: Success to the Successful. Higher Learning Research Communications.


Gould, D. A., Anthony, P. J. (2013). Embracing Change. IBAM.

Anthony, P. J., Gould, D. A. (2013). The Barriers and Benefits of Change: Systems and Technological Paradigms. Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management (IBAM) .