Professor Mike Crant researches workplace dynamics, focusing primarily on proactive personality and behavior at work. He is one of the creators of the proactive personality scale, the most frequently used measure of proactivity in the organizational literature. His research on proactive personality and behavior is well known. Crant is one of the most highly cited scholars in both the Mendoza College of Business (top 5) and the University of Notre Dame (top 35). His recent work has studied the frequency and impact of proactivity in Asian cultures, including exploring how proactivity helped Chinese hospitals deal with the early days of the COVID-19 crisis.
Mike teaches courses about leadership, management, teams, and decision-making to undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA students. He has won teaching awards for both undergraduate and EMBA teaching. He has conducted numerous executive development seminars for companies worldwide, including Bayer, Canon, HSBC, LANXESS, Siemens, Donnelly, Mondelez International, the Far Eastern Group, and Toro.
Mike earned BSBA and MBA degrees from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served many administrative roles during his thirty-plus years at the University of Notre Dame, including as Department Chair and a Provost's Advisory Committee member. Mike is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a faculty fellow at the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the Keough School for Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.