Joshua K. Ault is an assistant professor of global entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. He holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science from the University of Utah, and an MBA from Baylor University. Professor Ault joined the Thunderbird faculty in 2016 after spending 5 years as the research chair for the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation at the University of Victoria in Canada.
Professor Ault studies entrepreneurship in emerging and developing countries. He explores how national differences in this setting impact the long-term survival of new ventures, and subsequently how entrepreneurship in these countries impacts development goals, such as poverty alleviation. He examines these questions in the context of microfinance, a global industry dedicated to bringing banking services to the world’s poorest individuals. Professor Ault has published his research in some of the world’s top business journals, including Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, and Asia Pacific Journal of Management.
Dr. Ault has taught entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, master, and PhD levels. He has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the Thunderbird Outstanding Faculty Award, the University of Victoria Commerce Student Society Outstanding Teacher Award, and the University of Victoria Commerce Student Society Award.