Alec Johnson

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship

acjohnson2@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4121

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

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

Summer 2015 Courses
Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses
Fall 2015 Courses
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ENTR 200 - 01 Foundations of Entrepreneur - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCH 420
Description of course Foundations of Entrepreneur : CRN: 42912
ENTR200 is a national award-winning course and is the first course in the Entrepreneurship Concentration sequence. Known across campus as the “Lemonade Stand” class, this course requires students to start a new business and reach revenue, and in this process begin the journey to becoming world-class problem solvers. This course is a combination of applied and theoretical dimensions of Entrepreneurship. In addition to starting a new business, students are exposed to theoretical concepts, including Opportunity Identification, Business Modeling, Industry Analysis, and New Venture Growth. This is a very dynamic course, mixing lecture, discussion, case study, guest speakers and introduction to the Hotwash Process. The course culminates in a competition with UST alumni judging the students’ quality of work and accomplishments. Prerequisite: sophomore standing, not open to seniors.

Schedule Details

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ENTR 450 - 01 Entr:Management/Strategy - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 SCH 335
Description of course Entr:Management/Strategy : CRN: 42919
This is the Entrepreneurship Concentration capstone course. As a capstone course, ENTR450 builds upon previous coursework, drawing together critical concepts including opportunity identification, business modeling, financial modeling, and market/industry research skills. Through lecture, case discussion, and extensive use of the Hotwash Process, students polish their critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. The primary deliverable is a Fundable Business Plan. The course culminates in a competition with UST alumni judging the students’ quality of work. Prerequisites: BETH 301, one ENTR elective, FINC 321, OPMT 310, and MKTG 300.

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J-Term 2016 Courses
J-Term 2016 Courses
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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,
  • The Venture Catalyst Group,
  • USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship, Reviewer

Publications
  • 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. (2015). Simply sport bikes case study. The CASE Journal, (11)(1), pp. 113-132
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2014). Borealis software case study. Journal of Management Policy and Practice, (15)(4), pp. 118-126
  • 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
  • "ReconRobotics case study" USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, Tampa, Florida, January 01, 2015
  • "Amcom software case study" USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, January 01, 2014
  • "Simply sport bikes case study" USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, New Orleans, Louisana, January 01, 2013
  • "From bags to riches case study" USASBE -Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education, San Francisco, California, January 01, 2013
  • "Automotion case study" USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, San Francisco, California, January 01, 2013
  • "The lemonade stand class" USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, San Francisco, California, January 01, 2013
  • "Simply sport bikes case study" USASBE - U.S.A. Small Business Entrepreneurship, New Orleans, LA, January 01, 2012
  • "SP equity case study" USASBE - U.S.A. Small Business Entrepreneurship, Hilton Head, South Carolina, January 01, 2011