Cal Poly

Orfalea College of Business

David Kocsis

Dave Kocsis is a full-time lecturer of Information Systems in the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University. He joined the faculty at Cal Poly, having spent the four years in the doctoral program in Information Systems at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), where he received his Ph.D. in Information Technology (concentration: Information Systems) in 2018.

Dave spent more than fifteen years at First Data, working in a variety of IT and management roles for this Fortune 500 company. He started as an intern, progressing to a Technical Associate, LAN Administrator, Desktop Engineer, and finally Distributed Systems Engineer. His roles included software/hardware/network troubleshooting, IT security, group policies, and project management, to name a few. He worked on and managed dozens of IT projects important to user experience, information security, and operations for 30,000 users at this financial services company.

In addition to his industry experience, Dave brings to Cal Poly a wealth of research knowledge on collaboration principles and technologies from both theory and practice. During his time at UNO, Dave worked with large companies to improve collaboration, business processes, and setting standards and guidelines for emerging technologies. Dave worked with professors and other graduate students to design, develop, and implement a virtual learning platform to deliver online leadership training to emerging leaders in rural Nebraska.

Dave’s research interests extend beyond traditional collaboration, as he is interested in the next era of collaboration: crowdsourcing. His crowdsourcing publications include applying traditional collaboration principles to large groups, ethics in crowdsourcing, and future research directions in crowdsourcing.

Two desires led Dave back to academia. First, he wanted to teach, and has found a wonderful fit here at Cal Poly. Second, he wanted to learn about theory and principles, and applying those to improve practice. For more on Dave’s research, experience, and personal life, please visit his website.


  • Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems, Bellevue University
  • Master of Management Information Systems, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Ph.D. in Information Technology (concentration: Information Systems), University of Nebraska at Omaha

Industry Experience

  • First Data, Omaha, NE

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