Alec Johnson

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship

acjohnson2@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4121

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Schulze Hall 435
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ph.D., Strategy/Entrepreneurship, University of Wisconsin
M.S., Management/International Business, University of Wisconsin
B.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin

See publications in UST Research Online

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, entrepreneurial management and entrepreneurial finance.

In Jan. 2013, Johnson (along with his colleague James Ebben, Ph.D.) developed the innovative Lemonade Stand Class, which earned the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship(r) 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.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
ENTR 200 - 01 Foundations of Entrepreneur - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCH 420
Description of course Foundations of Entrepreneur : CRN: 42695
Students will learn the concepts of opportunity scanning and opportunity recognition. Students will conduct a self-assessment to help them better understand their personal values and aspirations to help guide their entrepreneurial career. Students will be exposed to the variety of types of entrepreneurial ventures. Prerequisite: sophomore standing, not open to seniors

Schedule Details

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ENTR 650 - 201 New Venture Strategies - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 SCH 421
Description of course New Venture Strategies : CRN: 42703
Introduces fundamentals of the entrepreneurial processes used in launching businesses from the ground up, purchasing or acquiring ventures, leading within family enterprises, or growing franchise businesses. Recognizing and creating opportunities is emphasized. Major assignments involve studying practicing entrepreneurs and their ventures, distinguishing between ideas and opportunities, and developing feasibility assessments. -- Prerequisite: Standard core courses

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J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
ENTR 490 - A01 Topics: Sillicon Valley - - - - - - - -
Description of course Topics: Sillicon Valley : CRN: 10284 4 Credit Hours
The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
ENTR 200 - 01 Foundations of Entrepreneur - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCH 335
Description of course Foundations of Entrepreneur : CRN: 21950
Students will learn the concepts of opportunity scanning and opportunity recognition. Students will conduct a self-assessment to help them better understand their personal values and aspirations to help guide their entrepreneurial career. Students will be exposed to the variety of types of entrepreneurial ventures. Prerequisite: sophomore standing, not open to seniors

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ENTR 450 - 02 Entr:Management/Strategy - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 SCH 420
Description of course Entr:Management/Strategy : CRN: 21960
This is the capstone course in entrepreneurship. It will include guest speakers from the entrepreneurial business world, extensive case analysis of entrepreneurial ventures and intensive personal business plan development. Students are expected to have a proficiency in computer spreadsheet programming. Prerequisites: BETH 301, one ENTR elective, FINC 321, OPMT 310, and MKTG 300.

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2008 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2001 - 2008)
  • Associate Director - Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (1999 - 2001)
  • Intro to Business Course Coordinator, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison (1998 - 1999)
  • Product Development Engineer, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Akron (1989 - 1993)

Professional Service
  • FamDoo,
  • USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship, Reviewer
  • Design Wise Medical,
  • Reese Enterprises,
  • The Venture Catalyst Group,

Publications
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (forthcoming). Simply sport bikes case study. The CASE Journal,
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (forthcoming). Borealis software case study. Journal of Management Policy and Practice,
  • Johnson, A. C., Nenide, B., & Pricer, R. W. (forthcoming). Determining the ability of firms to use debt to finance operations: A theoretical and pragmatic approach to financial analysis and strategic decision making. Journal of Applied Business and Economics,
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2011). Cash conversion cycle management in small firms relationships with liquidity, invested capital, and firm performance. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, (24)(3), pp. 381-396
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2011). SP equity case study. Journal of Management Policy and Practice, (12)(3), pp. 91-107
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2006). Bootstrapping in small firms: An empirical analysis of change over time. Journal of Business Venturing: Int'l. Entrepreneurship, New Bus. Devel. and Tech, (21), pp. 851-865
  • Johnson, A. C., Ebben, J. J., & Pricer, R. (2006). Organization strategy for successful firm performance. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, (6)(5), pp. 73-83
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2005). Efficiency, flexibility, or both? Evidence linking strategy to performance in small firms. Strategic Management Journal, (26)(1249-1259),
  • Johnson, A. C., & Ebben, J. J. (2004). Fluent Systems, LLC Case A: Concept to market by leveraging university resources. Case Research Journal,

Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Competition
  • E-Commerce
  • Emerging Business
  • Entrepreneurship Strategy
  • Valuations

Awards and Honors
  • USASBE - Special Recognition in Innovation of Entrepreneurship Education, 2013

Presentations