Kevin Johnson

Assistant Professor, Management

john5258@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5431

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 313
St. Paul, MN 55105

Ph.D., Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Indiana University
M.B.A., Finance & Marketing, Indiana University
B.A., Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College

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Before joining the Opus College of Business, Kevin L. Johnson taught management and entrepreneurship at the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business in Texas. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. His basic teaching philosophy is that education should change one's behavior. As a teacher, Johnson seeks to respectfully and professionally engage students in a productive, interactive and challenging learning environment. He uses a variety of pedagogical methods, including business simulations with situations ranging from ethical issues to corporate decision-making. Overall, he prepares undergraduates to begin corporate careers, while his goal for graduate students is to challenge and refine their business understanding in order to enhance their careers and make them better leaders.

Johnson's research interests include corporate entrepreneurship, business strategy, and new venture innovation. Specifically, his research focuses on the design and performance of internal corporate ventures and the efforts of established business executives to internally develop new businesses through the pursuit of markets, technologies, products or services that are relatively new to the company.

He has been interviewed on KWBU National Public Radio as well as by local newspapers for his research. In addition to co-authoring two book chapters in the Handbook of Entrepreneurial Dynamics: The Process of Business Creation by Sage Publications, Johnson has published in the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Journal of Small Business Management and the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship.

Johnson is certified in the Fundamentals of Engineering, a recipient of a GE Fund Future Faculty Fellowship and Consortium of Graduate Management Fellowship, a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and is profiled in Who's Who in America(r) and the Chancellor's List(r), which honors achievement for both students and teachers. He was nominated for the Sauvain/Panschar Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2004; and, as a member of the Academy of Management, has received recognition for valuable contributions to the outstanding reviewing committee.

Combined with his experience as a former business development specialist, Johnson has provided consulting services to startups since 2005 and been a member of the Round Table Group (a consortia of consulting experts) since 2009. He currently serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Business Theory and Practice (JBTP).

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 305 - 10 Mgmt & Organizational Behavior - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 111
Description of course Mgmt & Organizational Behavior : CRN: 42756
This course is designed to introduce students to the complexities of working within organizations, regardless of whether it is a for-profit, non-profit, or governmental organization. Certain complexities are common across organizations, irrespective of their goals or size. Understanding these complexities is critical to becoming an effective member of any organization, and this course will develop students' understanding and expertise in leading and managing themselves and others within organizations. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

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MGMT 480 - 02 Strategic Management - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MCH 111
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 42764
This course examines organizational issues from an integrative perspective. It draws on concepts from the entire business curriculum to view the organization as a whole. The focus of the course is to have you view the organization from the perspective of the president, rather than that of a manager of a particular function (e.g., VP of marketing). It examines the development of core competence and a sustainable competitive advantage as part of an organization's strategic planning process. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: OPMT 310, FINC 321, MGMT 305, MKTG 300, BETH 301, and senior standing. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to these prerequisites.

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J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 480 - 02 Strategic Management - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 117
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 22018
This course examines organizational issues from an integrative perspective. It draws on concepts from the entire business curriculum to view the organization as a whole. The focus of the course is to have you view the organization from the perspective of the president, rather than that of a manager of a particular function (e.g., VP of marketing). It examines the development of core competence and a sustainable competitive advantage as part of an organization's strategic planning process. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: OPMT 310, FINC 321, MGMT 305, MKTG 300, BETH 301, and senior standing. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to these prerequisites.

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MGMT 480 - 03 Strategic Management - T - - - - - 1730 - 2115 MCH 117
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 22019
This course examines organizational issues from an integrative perspective. It draws on concepts from the entire business curriculum to view the organization as a whole. The focus of the course is to have you view the organization from the perspective of the president, rather than that of a manager of a particular function (e.g., VP of marketing). It examines the development of core competence and a sustainable competitive advantage as part of an organization's strategic planning process. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: OPMT 310, FINC 321, MGMT 305, MKTG 300, BETH 301, and senior standing. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to these prerequisites.

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MGMT 799 - 202 Strategic Management - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 SCH 301
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 22049
An integrative approach to the formulation and implementation of organizational strategy and policy, this capstone course focuses on organizational performances as it relates to mission, goals and objectives. You will get practice defining multi-faceted problems and their causes; analyzing internal and external environments; reviewing key corporate and business strategies; formulating alternative strategic options; and addressing the challenges of implementation. Emphasis is on the ethical dimensions of problem solving at the general management level. The course will draw upon the analytical tools and managerial knowledge developed in all previous MBA courses, with application to both for profit and nonprofit organizations. -- Prerequisite: All core classes and two electives (Evening MBA capstone class)

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2010 - present)
  • Distributor, Shaklee Corporation, Nationwide (1998 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, Baylor University, Waco (2005 - 2010)
  • Instructor & Research Assistant, Indiana University, Bloomington (2000 - 2005)
  • Network Analyst, Ashland Distribution & Specialty Chemical Companies, Columbus (1999 - 2000)
  • Senior Business Development Specialist, Ashland Dstribution & Specialty Chemical Companies, Columbus (1996 - 1999)
  • District Sales Representative, Betz Industrial, Water Management Group, Cleveland (1992 - 1994)
  • Headquarters Engineer, District Coordinator, Betz Industrial, Water Management Group, Trevose (1991 - 1992)
  • Electrical Engineer Intern / Construction, Louisville Gas & Electric Company, Louisville (1989 - 1990)
  • Customer Service Representative, Courier-Journal & Louisville Times Co., Louisville (1988 - 1989)
  • Customer Service Supervisor, Honey Baked Ham Company, Louisville (1987 - 1988)

Professional Memberships
  • Beta Gamma Sigma - The International Honor Society
  • The Round Table Group
  • Academy of Management

Professional Service
  • Journal of Business Theory and Practice,
  • Journal of Management Studies, Reviewer
  • Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Reviewer
  • Academy of Management, Reviewer

Public Service
  • North Springs Church - Assemblies of God, Board Member

Publications
  • Johnson, K. L. (2012). The role of structural and planning autonomy in the performance of internal corporate ventures. Journal of Small Business Management, (50)(3), pp. 469-497
  • Johnson, K. L., & Wu, C. (2012). Creating entrepreneurial opportunities as a means to maintain entrepreneurial talent in corporations. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, (25)(3), pp. 327-348
  • Johnson, K. L., Danis, W. M., & Dollinger, M. J. (2008). Are you an innovator or adaptor? The impact of cognitive propensity on venture expectations and outcomes. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, (11)(2), pp. 29-45

Books and Chapters
  • Johnson, K. L., Arthuad-Day, M. L., Rode, J. C., & Near, J. P. (2005). Handbook of Entrepreneurial Dynamics: The Process of Business Creation. In W.B. Gartner, K.G. Shaver, N.M. Carter, P.D. Reynolds (Ed.), Job and life satisfaction - Ch 14 (pp. 163-170). Boulder, CO: SAGE
  • Johnson, K. L., Danis, W. M., & Dollinger, M. J. (2005). Handbook of Entrepreneurial Dynamics: The Process of Business Creation. In W.B. Gartner, K.G. Shaver, N.M. Carter, P.D. Reynolds (Ed.), Decision-making (innovator/adaptor) style - Ch 15 (pp. 171-178). Boulder, CO: SAGE

Research Interests
  • Corporate Management
  • Emerging Business
  • Entrepreneurship Strategy
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship

Presentations