Mendoza School of Business

Mike Crant

Notre Dame Professor of Management & Organization
Management & Organization
  378 Mendoza College of Business
  • Biography
  • Background
  • Publications
  • Books
  • Presentations
  • Awards

Professor Mike Crant is the Notre Dame Professor of Management and Organization. He 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. 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.

BSBA, University of Florida
MBA, University of Florida
Ph D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Areas of Expertise
Proactive Personality and Behavior
Organizational Behavior
Impression Management and Self-Handicapping
Personality and Technology Use

"When there is a will there is a way: The role of proactive personality in combating COVID-19", (With Nancy Chen, Nan Wang, Yu Kou, Yuhong Qin, Junhua Yu, Rongju Sun), Journal of Applied Psychology, 106, 2021

"Proactive yet reflective? Materializing proactive personality into creativity through job reflective learning and activated affective states", (With Fuli Li, Tingting Chen, Nancy Chen, Yun Bai, J Michael Crant), Personnel Psychology, 73, 2020

"Role stressors and counterproductive work behavior: The role of negative affect and proactive personality", (With Yue Zhang, J. Michael Crant, Qingxion (Derek) Weng), International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 27, 2019

"Overcoming Resistance to Change and Enhancing Creative Performance", (With Alice Hon , Matt Bloom), Journal of Management, 40, 2014

"Dispositional antecedents of demonstration and usefulness of voice behavior", (With Tae-Yeol Kim, Jie Wang), Journal of Business and Psychology, 26, 2011

"Proactive personality, career satisfaction, and perceived insider status: The mediating role of employee creativity", (With Tae-Yeol Kim, Alice Hon), Journal of Business and Psychology, 24, 2009

"Handicapping: The effects of its source and frequency", (With James McElroy), Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 2008

"How does personality matter? Relating the five factor model to technology acceptance and use", (With Sarv Devaraj, Robert Easley), Information Systems Research, 19, 2008

"Proactive Personality: A Twenty -Year Review", (With J Crant, Jia Hu, Kaifeng Jiang), Proactivity at Work: Making Things Happen in Organizations, 2017

"Things I wish I knew when I was a doctoral student (and an assistant professor)", Lingnan University Hong Kong, 2022

"Fellow", Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2023