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Steven Johnson



Steven Johnson

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Management Information Systems

Office: Speakman 201C
Phone: 215.204.6945

Research Interests: Online communities, Leadership, Gamification

Dr. Johnson’s Curriculum VitaeSSRN ProfileWebsite 

Steven L. Johnson is an assistant professor in the Management Information Systems Department at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. He received his Ph.D. from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park. His major research focus is online communities as a form of social media that supports organizational knowledge management. Before pursuing his doctoral studies, he worked in the information technology industry for 15 years.

Sample Publications

  • S. L. Johnson, S. Faraj, S. Kudaravalli (forthcoming). “Emergence of Power Laws in Online Communities: The Role of Social Mechanisms and Preferential Attachment.” MIS Quarterly.
  • Faraj, S. and S.L. Johnson (2011). “Network Exchange Patterns in Online Communities.” Organization Science, 22(6), 1464-1480. Published online in Articles in Advance, December 29, 2010.
  • Agarwal, R., Johnson, S.L., Lucas, H. C. (2011). Leadership in the Face of Technological Discontinuities: The Transformation of EarthColor. Communications of AIS, 29, Article 33.
  • Faraj, S., M. Wasko, and S.L. Johnson (2008). The structure and processes of electronic knowledge networks in I. Becerra-Fernandez and D. Leidner (eds.), Knowledge Management: An Evolutionary View of the Field. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
  • Yeow, A., S.L. Johnson, and S. Faraj, "Lurking: Legitimate or Illegitimate Peripheral Participation?" December 2006, International Conference on Information Systems, Milwaukee.

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 John DeAngelo Leader in Technology Innovation Award (Fox School of Business)
  • 2012 MIS Teacher of the Year (Fox School of Business)
  • 2011 Faculty Leadership Award, Fox IT Awards.


Fox School of Business, Temple University

  • Information Technology Management
  • Social Media Innovation
  • Business Analytics for IT Auditors

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