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David Noble, Ph.D. - University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT, US

David Noble, Ph.D.

Director | University of Connecticut


Professor Noble focuses on digital entrepreneurship, higher education innovation, and futurist development



David Noble is a leader in higher education innovation, and as the inaugural Director of The Werth Institute at UConn, he is developing a modern university-wide approach to entrepreneurship and innovation curriculum. Firmly routed in the digital revolution, David has written about the impact of data analytics on corporate strategy, governance, and leadership. Current interests include the application of emerging technologies to real world change, including quantum computing, digital currency, artificial intelligence, and new materiials.

David has specific industry expertise across a number of domains, including fintech, mobility 2.0, the future of work, fashion, and the firearms industry. Having founded a privacy technology firm, GunClear.io, that is experimenting with zero knowedge proofs, he is often looking at the problems of digitization from a different angle.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Name, Image, and Likeness


Venture Capital


Digital Transformation

Higher Education Innovation

Financial Technology

Education (4)

University of Alabama: Ph.D.

University of Miami School of Law: J.D.

Elon University: M.B.A.

Northeastern University: B.S.






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‘Remote Learning’ Takes on New Meaning in Virtual Reality


Media Appearances (11)

UConn announces plans to expand name, image and likeness opportunities for athletes

Hearst Connecticut Media  print


Noble, associate professor and director of the Werth Institute, said: “Name, Image, and Likeness provides student athletes with an accessible means to entrepreneurial behaviors that will evolve over time. UConn’s Werth Institute will provide the highest level of creative support, start-up structuring, and mentorship for student-athletes while creating opportunities for many students to further enhance their skill set for careers in social media, content creation, and entrepreneurship.”

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Cryptocurrency ATMs are all over CT, but do people use them?

Hearst Connecticut Media  print


David Noble, director of the Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Connecticut, said that crypto-ATMs are mainly used by those who need to send money out of the country. “The actual answer is most likely that there’s an immigrant population in the U.S. using it to transfer money, at somewhat of a discount, back to repatriate money into other places,” Noble said.

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New UConn coop program aims to breed next generation of entrepreneurs

Hartford Business Journal  online


The model differs slightly from traditional coops in which students work for an outside company, because Stamford Startup Studio pupils are essentially employees of the Werth Institute, said David Noble, the institute’s director. Werth will pay their salaries and students get free housing on the UConn Stamford campus. Students in the program will be tasked with finding innovations in the construction and real estate industries, Watrous said, but future incarnations could focus on other sectors. She and Noble said they’re finalizing partnerships with major national construction and real estate firms that will provide industry problems for students to solve, and guidance on whether the ideas are appealing.

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Successful Virtual Instruction and Online Education

Stemify Podcast  online


This episode features Dr. David Noble, Director of the Peter J. Werth Institute. He shares his perspective on the challenges of online education and the socio-economic status impact on online learning. He also discusses his biggest lessons on engaging and supporting online learners. David gives us all low-downs on all things online education. This is an insight-packed conversation you don’t want to miss!

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Start Small and Be Curious: Becoming an Entrepreneur with David Noble

LAUNCH Podcast  online


What do curiosity, empathy, and reading fiction have to do with entrepreneurship? Find out in this interview with Dr. David Noble, University of Connecticut Assistant Professor in-Residence in the Department of Management and Director of the Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Learn what simple steps you can take and what resources UConn offers to get started on your entrepreneurial journey.

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UConn president’s ambitious goal to boost entrepreneurship, double research funding faces hurdles

Hartford Business Journal  online


“We’re about creating entrepreneurs and giving students opportunities to learn and experience things that will help them become a better entrepreneur some day,” said David Noble, the institute’s director. “We focus more on creating entrepreneurs than creating companies.”

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Most Gen Z girls and women lack a key success lesson in their education

CNBC  tv


David Noble, director of the Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UConn, said a focus on real-world experience is critical at a time of significant changes for MBA programs that have resulted from declining interest in traditional full-time, two-year degree enrollment. Students, whether male or female, should no longer assume that an MBA is about “checking off boxes and will pay out in X number of years and months and put them on the partnership track,” Noble said. Rather, they should go to business school to become better at thinking and acting like entrepreneurs.

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Arrival Of Infosys And Seven Stars Raises Hopes For Financial Tech Future Of Hartford Region

Hartford Courant  online


“I’ve been preaching that we need to look to the next frontier of technology, to see where we want to place ourselves,” Noble said. “I think digital capabilities have to be at the core of that and we have to really be thinking about what the digital world looks like five, 10, 20 years from now.”

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Stamford publisher’s journal aims for health care breakthrough

Stamford Advocate  online


“Online journals play an important role in the development and evolution of the technology,” said David Noble, a professor in the University of Connecticut business school, who recently launched a blockchain-focused company. “They provide a place for the interested parties to learn and share their knowledge. Adoption of technology becomes much easier when there is a place to discuss the industry specific issues that arise.”

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A glimpse at Silicon Valley’s cryptocurrency craze: A melding of reality, fantasy and hype

Marketwatch  online


The hype that has fueled the skyrocketing prices of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies was on full display this week in San Francisco, where a conference showcasing young companies seeking to catch the crypto wave before it crests offered a perplexing mix of a fantastical future and likely reality. “You have to absolutely leave your assumptions at the door,” cautioned David Noble, who teaches entrepreneurship as an assistant professor in-residence at the University of Connecticut. “These kids don’t care, they want to build something.”

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It pays to have women helming start-ups, new report suggests

USA Today  online


It pays — literally — to have women heading start-ups, a new report by researchers at the University of Connecticut and the non-profit organization Girls With Impact suggests. Researchers examined five years of college venture competitions at the University of Connecticut and found that although only 17.8% of participants were female, over half of teams that went home with prize money had at least one woman in a leadership position.

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Event Appearances (1)

What Role Will the Deployment of Blockchain Technology Play in How We Organize?



Articles (2)

The Role of Research Strategies and Professional Networks in Management Scholars’ Productivity

Journal of Management

David Noble et al.

2014 We propose a model of knowledge creation, transfer, and adoption based on theories of creativity and social networks. We test our hypotheses using a sample of 119 full professors in management departments at U.S. universities. We examine the effects that two research strategies, coauthoring and working in multiple research fields, have on the number of publications in each of three journal quality tiers during an 8-year period...

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Exploring the role of supervisor trust in the associations between multiple sources of relationship conflict and organizational citizenship behavior

The Leadership Quarterly

David Noble et al.

2012 We develop and test a model that builds directly on social exchange theory to predict different roles for supervisor trust in the relationships between organizational citizenship behavior and relationship conflict occurring between supervisors and subordinates and between peers. Specifically, we posit that the association between citizenship behavior and relationship conflict between employees and supervisors is mediated by supervisor trust, while the association between citizenship behaviors and relationship conflict occurring between peers is moderated by supervisor trust. We test our dual role for supervisor trust in a field study of 160 supervisor–employee dyads...

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