Named Professorships

J. Michael Crant

J. Michael Crant

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

An expert on organizational behavior, J. Michael “Mike” Crant is one of the creators of the proactive personality scale—an indicator of an individual’s entrepreneurial tendencies—which has become the most frequently used measure of proactivity in the field of management. His research examines job satisfaction, change resistance, teamwork, and career success, and recently, he has focused his attention on organizational behavior and proactive behaviors in Asian cultures. Professor Crant’s work has been published in the top journals in his field, including the Journal of Management, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Psychology, and is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Professor Crant has been a faculty member of the Department of Management in the Mendoza College of Business since 1990, previously serving as department chair from 2009–12. He also served as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame - Australia in fall 2002. Teaching courses in management, leadership, and decision-making to undergraduate majors, MBAs, and members of the Executive MBA program, Professor Crant has received the Kaneb Undergraduate Teaching Award three times (1999, 2002, 2005), and was honored with the Outstanding Professor Award by Notre Dame’s Chicago Executive MBA Class of 2007. He holds an MBA from the University of Florida, and earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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This professorship was established in 2014 by friends of the University Dick and Mary Jo Kovacevich, to support a faculty member focusing on the research and teaching of leadership.