Professor Mike Crant conducts research on 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, and he is a thought leader in these fields. Crant is one of the most highly-cited scholars in both the college and the university. 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 currently teaches courses in management, leadership, teams, and decision making to 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, HSBC, LANXESS, Siemens, Donnelly, Mondeleze 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 serving as Department Chair and a member of the Provost's Advisory Committee.