Russell Johnson

Russell  Johnson
  • MSU Foundation Professor
  • Management


Russell E. Johnson is an MSU Foundation Professor and associate professor of management in the Eli Broad College of Business. His research examines the roles of motivation-, justice-, and leadership-based processes that underlie work attitudes and behaviors.

Previously, he was a member of the faculty at the University of South Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron in 2006.

He has published over one hundred research articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, and Research in Organizational Behavior, among others. His research has been cited in popular press outlets such as Forbes, The Globe and Mail, Harvard Business Review, NBC's Today, NPR, Psychology Today, TIME, and Wall Street Journal. He is currently an associate editor at Journal of Applied Psychology, past associate editor and guest editor at Academy of Management Review, and serves on the editorial boards at Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, The Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology, among others.

In 2013, Dr. Johnson received the Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award for Science from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and in 2018 he received the Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of Academy of Management. Originally from Canada, he still dreams of one day playing in the National Hockey League for his hometown Calgary Flames and living in a two-story igloo with an attached garage for his zamboni.