Faculty & Research

Alec Johnson

Associate Professor : Entrepreneurship Department

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Alec Johnson has published in entrepreneurship and strategy journals. His work focuses on entrepreneurial strategy and finance. He is active in developing case studies focused on opportunity identification, business models, entrerpeneurial managment and entrepreneurial finance.

In Jan. 2013, Johnson (along with his collegue James Ebben, Ph.D.) developed the innovative Lemonade Stand Class, which earned the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® 2013 award for Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education Innovation. He is also a regular contributor to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Saint Paul Pioneer Press. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Academic Background

B.S., mechanical engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., international business, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., strategy and entrepreneurship, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Specialties

  • Financial performance
  • Small businesses strategy
  • Start-up financing

Current Research

  • Financial behavior in small business
  • Performance/industry linkages in small business
  • Small business bootstrapping

Major Works

  • Johnson, Alec, J. Ebben and R. Pricer, "Organization Strategy for Successful Firm Performance," Journal of Applied Business (forthcoming).
  • Johnson, Alec and J. Ebben, "Efficiency, Flexibility, or Both? Evidence Linking Strategy to Performance in Small Firms," Strategic Management Journal (December, 2005).
  • Johnson, Alec and J. Ebben, "Bootstrapping in Small Firms: An Empirical Analysis of Change Over Time," Journal of Business Venturing (forthcoming).
  • "North American Case Research Association Proceedings," Journal of Small Business Management USASBE proceedings. "Science Meets Business," Madison Magazine, August 1998.
  • Johnson, Alec and R.W. Pricer, "The Accuracy of Valuation Methods in Predicting the Selling Price of Small Firms," Journal of Small Business Management 35:4 (1997).
  • "An Innovative Method for Accurately Predicting the Loan Performance of Small Businesses." Proceedings of the ICSB, June, 1996.

Current Community Relationships

  • Junior Achievement
  • Minneapolis Urban League