Well, since you’ve found your way to my website, you probably want to know a little bit about me. First of all, let’s just make sure you have found the Steven L. Johnson you’re looking for:

In case you’re still not sure. Here’s a picture of me in June, 2017:

Steven L. Johnson (photo by Sanjay Suchak)

If you’re curious about what I do as a Professor of Commerce… I teach multiple classes a year, juggle research projects, and provide service to my school and my profession. I’m active in the Organizational Communications and Information Systems (OCIS) division of the Academy of Management (AOM), attend the IC-IS conference sponsored by the Association for Information Systems nearly every year, and am also serving as an Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly.


My primary research interests are online communities and other social media that support innovation and knowledge management. I am particularly interested in social exchange, group dynamics and emergent leadership. I’ve also done some work on software development teams and have recently gotten interested in wearables.

Recently, a research project on software development teams, I collaborated on with Sri Kudaravalli (HEC Paris) and Samer Faraj (McGill University) was summarized in Harvard Business Review and covered by media outlets: UVA Today, Knowledge@HEC, and WINA (radio).

Now, a bit of that standard biographical information expected of an academic: my research (Google Scholar profile) has appeared in top-tier management journals of Management Information Systems Quarterly, Organization Science, and Information Systems Research as well as at international conferences sponsored by leading academic organizations including the Academy of Management, the Association of Information Systems, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). I am also an affiliated faculty with the of the Research Group on Complex Collaboration at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.


At U. of Virginia, I co-teach an introductory course called Systems & Strategy with Prof. Ira Harris in the MS Commerce program (a one-year, pre-experience graduate program for non-business majors) as well as the analytics component of a course on Global Decision-Making for our MS in Global Commerce program (“Three Continents. Two Master’s Degrees. One Amazing Year.”).

I have taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses including: social media innovation, information technology management, systems, and business intelligence. Started back in 2011, I was a pioneer in gamification in higher education, creating an undergraduate course on Social Media Innovation that included a Social Media Innovation Quest.


I have a degree in computer science, an MBA, and a PhD in information systems. My doctoral dissertation studied the role of leadership in continued participation in online communities.

Before pursuing my doctoral studies, I worked in the information technology industry for 15 years. Working in a variety of roles spanning software development, IT sales and marketing, and IT project management I aided numerous Fortune 500 organizations in multiple industries including financial services, healthcare, and insurance.

Now, if you’ve made it this far and are still reading… well, I’m quite impressed! Reward yourself and check out some pretty pictures.