Mary Jo and Richard M. Kovacevich Professor of Excellence in Leadership Instruction
Endowed PositionMary Jo and Richard M. Kovacevich Professor of Excellence in Leadership Instruction
BiographyMike 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
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
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).