Mendoza School of Business

Mike Crant

Mary Jo and Richard M. Kovacevich Professor of Excellence in Leadership Instruction
Management & Organization
  378 Mendoza College of Business
  • Biography
  • Background
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Awards
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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.

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

"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

"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 - Accepted (awaiting publication)

"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

"The role of proactive personality in job satisfaction and organizational citizenship behavior: A relational perspective", (With Ning Li, Jian Liang), Journal of Applied Psychology, 95, 2010

"How suppliers affect trust with their key customers: The role of salesperson job satisfaction and perceived customer importance", (With Kevin Bradford, Joan Phillips), Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, 17, 2009

"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

"Elaborating the effects of proactive personality in China: A relational perspective", Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2008

"Handicapping: The Effects of its Source and Frequency", Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2007

"Teaching across the curriculum: A cross-disciplinary and cross-level perspective", Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2007

"Predicting relationship-building behaviors in a sales environment: The unique contributions of the big five and proactive personality", Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2006

"The Chicago EMBA class of 2007 Outstanding Professor Award", University of Notre Dame EMBA Program, 2007, Op-Ed article applying my research on excuses to the presidential campaign. , October 20, 2016

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