James H. Johnson Jr. is the William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a B.S. degree from North Carolina Central University (1975), an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1977) and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University (1980).
Johnson was selected by Fast Company magazine (September 2000) as one of the “17 … brightest thinkers and doers in the new world of work.” His current research and consulting activities focus on the workforce and workplace implications of post-1990 demographic changes in the U.S and on how to create highly competitive and sustainable business enterprises and communities in the current era of economic uncertainty and global insecurity. His research on these and related topics has been widely cited in a number of national media outlets, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, Newsweek, TIME, U.S.News & World Report, and Bloomberg Businessweek. He has also appeared on a number of national television shows, including the Today showon NBC, CNN Headline News, the CBS Evening News, ABC Nightly News, Sunday Morning on CBS, Inside Politics on CNN, and This Week in Review on NBC.
Prior to joining the UNC-CH faculty, Johnson was a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he spent the first 12 years of his professional career.