Mike Crant

Mary Jo and Richard M. Kovacevich Professor of Excellence in Leadership Instruction

Mike  Crant

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Endowed Position

Mary Jo and Richard M. Kovacevich Professor of Excellence in Leadership Instruction


Mike Crant conducts research 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 recent work has studied the frequency and impact of proactive behaviors in Asian cultures, where proactivity has traditionally been frowned upon. Mike teaches courses in management, leadership, teams, and decision making to MBA and Executive MBA students. A winner of multiple teaching awards, Mike was selected as the outstanding professor by the Chicago EMBA class of 2007. He has conducted numerous executive development seminars for companies worldwide, including Bayer, HSBC, LANXESS, Siemens, Donnelly, 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.

Areas of Expertise

Proactive Personality and Behavior

Organizational Behavior

Impression Management and Self-Handicapping

Personality and Technology Use


BSBA, University of Florida

MBA, University of Florida

Ph D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Leadership and Decision Making


"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.


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


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

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

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

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