Professor Johnson's primary research area is social exchange, knowledge generation, and emergent leadership in online communities and social media. His research interests also include social network analysis, research approaches for big data, gamification, and wearable activity trackers (e.g., Fitbit). His research has appeared in top-tier management journals of Management Information Systems Quarterly; Organization Science; Information Systems Research; and Harvard Business Review, as well as at international conferences sponsored by leading academic organizations, including the Academy of Management and the Association of Information Systems.
Professor Johnson serves as an associate editor for MIS Quarterly and is an active member of the Organizational Communications and Information Systems division of the Academy of Management. He has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses, including systems and strategy, business analytics, and information technology management.