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2011_07_28 Steven JohnsonFox School Faculty

My major research focus is online communities as a form of social media that supports organizational knowledge management. My research 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 research and teach social media at the Temple University Fox School of Business in Philadelphia, PA. 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. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in social media innovation, information technology management, business systems analysis, and business intelligence. I created an undergraduate course on Social Media Innovation that includes a Social Media Innovation Quest.

Prof. Johnson is a pioneer of gamification in higher education, with Spring, 2013 marking his 5th semester of promoting learning through gamification in MIS3538: Social Media Innovation. Students have additional motivation to remain highly engaged with course material and to meet or exceed learning expectations. They have reacted positively to earning Quest Points, virtual badges, and leaderboard recognition for self-directed course-related activities.

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, health care, and insurance.

I am an affiliated faculty with the of the Research Group on Complex Collaboration at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.