David Patient has a law degree from the University College London, and an MBA and PhD from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. David's research, which focuses on effective managerial communication and employee motivation, has been published in top academic journals, including Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Studies, and Journal of Organizational Behavior.

At CATÓLICA-LISBON, David is Senior Associate Dean for Research, Director of CUBE - Católica Lisbon Research Unit in Business and Economics, Academic Director of the Master in Psychology in Business and Economics, and Academic Director of the Executive Master in Management with a specialization in Leadership Development. He teaches courses in communication, organizational behavior, and human resources management in the MSc in Management, Master in Law and Business, The Lisbon MBA, Executive Master in Management, and CMU-Portugal PhD program. He also coordinates (with João Matos) two open enrolment executive education programs: “Three Pillars of Professional and Personal Success: Communicating, Persuading And Negotiating” and “Managing Difficult Conversations in Business”, and teaches in numerous in-house and open executive programs.

Prior to joining CATÓLICA-LISBON in 2006, David was a Lecturer in Business Communication at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. David has also worked as an independent provider of corporate writing and editing services to a variety of organizations, and as a marketing representative for IBM Canada.