Frans Johansson

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Frans Johansson
Frans Johansson Medici Effect.png
EducationMaster of Business Administration
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Alma materHarvard Business School
Brown University
Public Speaker
EmployerCEO, The Medici Group
Notable work
The Medici Effect[1]
The Click Moment[2]

Frans Johansson is a Swedish–American writer, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is the author of The Medici Effect, a book that became the origin for the term "Medici Effect". He is also the author of The Click Moment, a 2012 book that discusses the role of luck and serendipity in personal lives and in business.[3] He currently serves as the CEO of The Medici Group, a consultancy firm that promotes innovation through diversity.[4]

Johansson is considered an authority on the topics of diversity, innovation, and creativity and has spoken at business events and conferences of each topic.[5] He has appeared on national media and in publications that include Black Enterprise, Diversity Executive, Anderson Cooper 360°, and CNBC's The Business of Innovation.[6][7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

Johansson was born and raised in Lerum, Sweden.[9] His father is Swedish and his mother African-American/Cherokee.[10] As a child he had diverse interests which include fishing and role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons.[11][12] Johansson earned his bachelor's in Environmental Science at Brown University and then enrolled at Harvard Business School where he obtained his Master of Business Administration.[13] While at Brown, Johansson founded The Catalyst, a science-inspired journal that publishes artwork, prose, and poetry.[14]


After graduating from Harvard, Johansson founded two companies. The first was Dola Health Systems LLC, which manufactures and sells healthcare equipment.[15] The company is best known for bringing the Painometer, a handheld pain assessment, to the market.[16] He also the founder of[17]

Johansson is the author of The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures, published in 2004 by Harvard Business School Press.[18] The book was a best-seller and translated in 18 different languages,[18] Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen stated that The Medici Effect is "One of the most insightful books on innovation I have ever read."[19] It was the foundation for use of "Medici Effect", a term that is now used in various industries.[20] The book looks at examples of how painters, sculptors, poets, philanthropists, scientists, philosophers, financiers, and architects shaped historical eras of innovation.[21] The concept is that innovation happens when disciplines and ideas intersect.[21]

Johansson wrote a second book, The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World, published by Penguin Portfolio in 2012.[22] The book discusses how luck and serendipity play a large role in success and how to seize opportunities, debunking the 10,000-hour rule and how it should not apply to business.[22]

Johansson's ideas and principles have led to a public speaking career, appearing at numerous conferences on business and diversity. He has also appeared on national media and in publications that include Black Enterprise, Diversity Executive, Anderson Cooper 360°, and CNBC's The Business of Innovation.[6][7][8] Johansson is also founder and CEO of The Medici Group, a strategy and innovation consultancy firm.[23]


Publication year Title Original publisher ISBN Notes
2012 The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World Penguin Portfolio ISBN 1591844932
2004 The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures Harvard University Press ISBN 1591391865 Best-seller in 2004 as well as a Top 10 Business Book by[24]


  1. ^ Grattan, Robert (May 8, 2015). "OTC add-on event offers views from the outside". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Anderson, Kare (December 3, 2014). "Dare To Be Outrageous To Attract Participation". Forbes. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Groth, Aimee (September 17, 2012). "Successful Companies Have All Figured Out The Secret To 'Click Moments'". The Business Insider. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Haislip, Alexander (December 4, 2012). "Can You Succeed Through Serendipit?". Forbes. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Rogers, Jules (April 14, 2015). "DIVERSITY Keeping your business from falling into a rut". The Portland Tribune. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Frauenheim, Ed. "Frans Johansson: Renaissance Man". Diversity Executive. Talent Management. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Alleyne, Sonia (January 29, 2014). "Best-Selling Author Frans Johannsson: Why Hard Work Alone Doesn't Guarantee Success". Black Enterprise. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Smith, Anderson (March 29, 2009). "Anderson Cooper films CNN show at University". The Hofstra Chronicle. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Davidson, Andrew (October 1, 2012). "Book review: The Click Moment, by Frans Johansson". Management Today. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  10. ^ Weinlick, Ben. "Intersectional Thinking with Frans Johansson". Innovation Excellence. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  11. ^ "Frans vill ändra världen" (in Swedish). Lerums Tidning. January 10, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  12. ^ "An Interview with Frans Johansson – The Medici Effect". Ubiguity. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  13. ^ Weinlick, Ben (September 12, 2012). "The Click Moment: Interview With Frans Johansson". The Creativity Post. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  14. ^ "The Catalyst – Foundations". Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  15. ^ "Dola Health Systems LLC Company Overview". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  16. ^ Yanov, Phil. "Frans Johansson named InnoVenture's keynote speaker". ThinkHammer. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  17. ^ "Top speakers in T&T for Americas Competitiveness Forum". Guardian. May 31, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  18. ^ a b "India is not leveraging the diversity it has in abundance". SHRM – Society For Human Resource Management. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  19. ^ "Join Us for a Unique Treat: Frans Johansson '95 Discusses His Book, The Click Moment". Harvard Business School. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  20. ^ Leathes, Michael (April 2015). "The Medici Effect of Mediation". Mediate. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  21. ^ a b Susco, Darlene (June 1, 2015). "Debunking 5 Myths of Innovation". Business2Community. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  22. ^ a b Solon, Olivia (October 15, 2012). "Q&A with Frans Johansson: how 'luck' can be used to enhance success". Wired. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  23. ^ "The World We Explore – Joi Ito, Frans Johansson Zeitgeist Americas 2012". Google Zeitgeist. YouTube. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  24. ^ "Best Books of 2004 – The Top 10 Editors' Picks: Business". Retrieved June 5, 2015.

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