I am a researcher and educator in the field of organizational studies, particularly in topics relating to management and leadership. My research interest spans an eclectic array of areas including leadership, identity, gender studies, employee wellbeing, as well as equality, diversity and social inclusion in workplaces.

I accomplished my doctoral education at Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University. My doctoral thesis focuses on lifestyle factors that influence business leaders’ identity construction and leadership practices. For my thesis, I interviewed 24 sporty top managers, CEOs and corporate executives from Sweden. I took a critical approach, and used social theories of self-presentation, dramaturgical theories of social life, theories of athleticism and embodiment. I examined how sporty top managers enact informal activities in the lifestyle domain to strengthen their identity as competitive business leaders; and how they, in turn exert leadership power to construct new health ethics and behavioral norms in organizations. Based on this research, I also published one peer-reviewed journal article in 2017 (in Human Relations). Another article is currently under the review process.

Before joining Linköping University, I worked as a lecturer and researcher at Stockholm Business School (Stockholm University), Mälardalen University, Linnaeu University and Södertörn University. I have involved in teaching activities in courses such as Organization Theories, Management Theories and Analysis, Power, Change and Resistance, Advanced Management Theories, Human Resource Management. I supervised and examined theses. I worked as a researcher in the projects of “Digitalized Work and Organizations (DAO)” (a research of digitalization of the Swedish metal industry). Based on the empirical study, I published a case report and one peer-reviewed original journal article.

The research project I am currently working on is “Performing equality on, in front of and behind the stage” (a research on equality strategies and practices in Riksteatern). I draw on the thoughts from Critical Diversity Studies, and use framing theories, feminist theories of ethics and care to explore paradoxes, issues, dilemmas that remain in the organization’s pursuits of equality and diversity. I also focus on foregrounding individuals’, especially the vulnerable individuals’ agency in co-constructing the practices and discourses around equality, diversity and social inclusion. In addition, with this work, I aim to explore more profound understanding of the complexity of the hybrid organizations (the combined organizational form of both the professional organization and the voluntary association). I have two journal articles currently under review based on this research project.

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Doctoral Thesis

Johansson, J. (2017). ”Sweat is weakness leaving the body”: a study on the self-presentational practices of sporty top managers in Sweden. Doctoral Thesis. Stockholm University, Sweden

Peer-reviewed original articles

Johansson, J., Tienari, J., & Valtonen, A. (2017). The body, identity and gender in managerial athleticism. Human Relations, 70(9): 1141‒1167.

Ahonen, P., Blomberg, A., Doerr, K., Einola, K., Elkina, A., Gao, G., . . . Zhang, L. (2020). Writing resistance together. Gender, Work and Organization, 27(4), 447-470.

Johansson, J., Asztalos Morell , I., & Lindell, E. (2020, June 13). Gendering the digitalized metal industry. Gender, Work and Organization, Advanced online publication.

Michela, C., Gherardi, S., Johansson, J., Mondon‐Navazo, M., Murgia, A., & Trogal, K. (2020). Covid-19 as a breakdown in the texture of social practices. Gender, Work and Organization, Advanced online publication. doi:

Book Review

Johansson, J. (2018). [Review of the book Gender and Employment in Rural China, by Song, J.] Gender, Work and Organisation, 25:741–744.

Research Report

Johansson, J. (2017). Challenges and opportunities in digitalized work and management Case Study 8. Västerås: Mälardalen University. ISBN: 978-91-7485-363-6

Peer-reviewed conference contributions

Johansson, J. (2011). Constructing managerial power through good health: a study on workplace health promotion programs. EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies). Gothenburg: Gothenburg Business School.

Johansson, J. (2012). An embodied manifestation of the masculine Leadership. GWO (Gender, Work Organizations) conference in Keele University, UK.

Johansson, J. (2013). An exploration of the corporeality of leadership. The 8th International Conference in Critical Management Studies, University of Manchester. Manchester, United Kingdom: The University of Manchester Library.

Johansson, J. (2013). Becoming healthy organization leaders: an embodied manifestation of masculine leadership identity. EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies). Montreal.

Johansson, J. (2015). ’Sweat is weakness leaving the body’: a study of an athletic CEO from Sweden. EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies). Athens, Greece.


Johansson, J. (2016). Becoming an athleticist role model: a study on the emotional and somatic aspects of the identity construction of a sporty CEO. EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies). Naples, Italy.

Reviewer for research funding bodies and scientific journals

Reviewer for the NWO Social Sciences and Humanities Board

Reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals:

  • Human Relations
  • Organization
  • Gender, Work and Organization
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal



Media Exposure of my doctoral researchShow/Hide content

Swedish newspaper and business press

Affärsvärlden: published on Feb. 7th, 2018, “Uthållighetssporter stärker chefsidentiteten”

Dagens Nyheter: published on May 28th, 2017, “Chefer som elitidrottar favoriserar de som tränar”

Tidning Chef: Nr. 06/7, 2017, page 50-53, article by Karin O´Mahony, “Extremesportande chefer – fara för vi-känslan?”

Näringsliv SvD: Tuesday 27 Sept., 2016, article by Johanna Cederblad, “Moderna toppchefer mer som Putin än Churchill”

Aftonbladet: published on Tuesday, 2 Sept, 2014, article by Lejring, Ellna Bratt, “Träningshets - eller?” (“Is it the heat of exercises?”)

Aftonbladet: published on 15 July, 2016, “Träning för överklass Extrema sporter passar ett framgångsrikt företag”

Vocational magazines

Vårdforbundet: published on 2017-04-27, “Sportiga chefer ser sig själva som atletiska ledare”


Civilekonomen: published on 2017-05-09 by Philip Wallin, ”Sportiga chefer: nej tack till överviktiga”

Computer Sweden: published on 2017-05-02, by Karin Lindström, ”Forskning: Sportiga chefer belönar hälsosamma medarbetare”

Prevent: published on 25 April 2017, by Marianne Zetterblom,  ”Chefer som extremtränar skapar press” 

ETC: published 2016-03-19, ”Hur påverkas man av ett träningsfreak till chef?”

Arbetsliv (journal of working life), 14 May, 2014, article by Eldh, Margaretha, “Allt fler extremtränar” (“Many more work out extremely hard”)

Jusektidning, 31 January, 2014, article by Bergström, AnnMarie, “Det nya karriärspåret” (”the new career passage”)

Arbetsmiljö/Ledarskap, 15 May, 2014, article by Anki Udd, ” Fysisk träning – privatsak eller arbetskrav?” (”physical exercises, private matter or work craft?”) 


Tidning Chef, 17 September 2014, article by André, Maria, “Därför extremtränar många chefer” (”Therefore many top managers workout extremely hard”)

University press

Universitetsnytt, 5 November, 2014, article by Madeleine Salomon, "Ledarskap i vältränade kroppar” (”leadership in the well-trained body”)

TV and radio

Swedish TV channel 4, economic news

Swedish Radio SP1:Sverige Radio, Vetenskapsradion Forum

Sent on Wednesday, 6 July "Elitmotionerande chefer"

International media

Norwegian media: published on 14. October, 2014, ”Derfor er din chef så vild med ekstremsport: Flere og flere topchefer træner til maraton og triatlon, da det skaber en følelse af kontrol og selvsikkerhed. Der er gået ren inflation i træning” 

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