Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson

Professor Emeritus
Information & Decision Sciences



  • BS 1960
    University of Minnesota
  • PhD 1964
    Johns Hopkins University


  • Decision-making
  • Intelligent systems
  • Knowledge work


Paul Johnson is Carlson professor of Decision Sciences and adjunct professor of Psychology, Computer Science, and Health Informatics. He is a member of the Cognitive Sciences Center as well as the Center for Political Psychology. His research focuses on the study of expertise in complex problem solving and decision-making tasks, decision failures that arise from the misperception or misrepresentation of information (e.g., deception), and the use of knowledge resources and decision technologies in professional and technical work. Professor Johnson and his students have investigated decision-making activities of individuals and organizations in a variety of settings, including health care (diagnosis and best practice in the management of chronic diseases), auditing (fraud detection), semiconductor manufacturing (troubleshooting), software engineering (maintenance), and foreign-exchange trading. Professor Johnson's teaching interests include cognitive science, intelligent systems, knowledge management, and managerial decision-making.

Selected Works & Activities

  • Journal Articles
    Van de Ven, Andrew H., Johnson, Paul E. (2006) Knowledge for Theory and Practice. Academy of Management Review(31)4: 802-821.
  • Journal Articles
    Grazioli, S., Jamal, K., Johnson, P.E. A Cognitive Approach to Fraud Detection. Journal of Forensic Accounting. June 2006 (7):65-88.
  • Journal Articles
    Veazie P, Johnson P.E., O'Connor PJ, Rush WA, Sperl-Hillen JM and Anderson LH. Making Improvements in the Management of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Possible Role for the Control of Variation in Glycated Hemoglobin. Medical Hypotheses; 2005, 64, 792-8
  • Whole Books
    Psychological Explorations of Competent Decision-Making, eds. K. Smith, J. Shanteau, and P. Johnson (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
  • Book Chapters
    Grazioli, S., Smith, K. and Johnson, P.E. Managing risk in social exchange. In K. Smith, J. Shanteau, and P. Johnson (Eds.), Psychological Investigations of Competence in Decision-Making. Cambridge University Press. 2004, pp 71-123.
  • Journal Articles
    Johnson, P.E., Veazie, Peter J., O?Connor, Patrick J., Potthoff, Sandra J., Kochevar, Laura, Verma, Devesh, and Dutta, Pradyumna. Understanding variation in chronic disease outcomes. Hth Care Mgmt Sci, 2002, 5, 175-189.
  • Journal Articles
    Johnson, P.E., Grazoli, S., Karim, J. & Berryman, R.G. Detecting deception: adversarial problem solving in a low base-rate world. Cognitive Science, 2001, 25, 355-392.
  • Journal Articles
    Reed, N.E., Gini, M., & Johnson, P.E (1996). Robust strategies for diagnosing manufacturing defects. Applied Artificial Intelligence, 10, 387-406.
  • Journal Articles
    Johnson, P.E., Bullemer, P., Hassebrock, F., Fox, P.W., Moller, J.H. When less is more: representation and selective memory in expert problem solving, American J Psychol, 1993; 106(2): 155- 189.
  • Journal Articles
    Johnson, P.E., Grazioli, S. & Jamal, K. (1993). Fraud detection: Intentionality and deception in cognition. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 18(5), 467-488.
  • Journal Articles
    Johnson, P.E., Zualkernan, I.A. & Tukey, D. (1993). Types of expertise: An invariant of problem solving. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies, 39, 641-665.
  • Journal Articles
    Johnson, P.E., Grazioli, S. & Jamal, K. (1992). Success and failure in expert reasoning. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 53, 173-203.
  • Journal Articles
    Zualkernan, I.A. & Johnson, P.E. (1992). Metaphors of reasoning as problem solving tools. Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, 7(3&4), 157-184.

Edit This Page

Edit Profile