LU scholar named Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

5 May 2023

Mike Crant

Prof Mike Crant, Distinguished Research Scholar of the Faculty of Business of Lingnan University (LU), has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).


SIOP is a membership organisation for those practicing and teaching industrial and organisational psychology (I-O psychology) and fellowship is one of its highest honours. Fellow status specifically recognises unusual and outstanding contributions that have an important impact on I-O psychology.


Prof Crant pioneered the idea of proactive personality (Bateman & Crant, 1993), which has emerged as an important construct in the field of organisational behaviour. A large number of empirical studies, dissertations, conference presentations, books, and meta-analyses show the core role that a proactive orientation plays in the world of work, and Prof Crant is one of the creators of the Proactive Personality Scale, a widely-used measure of proactivity in the field. His work on proactive personality, proactive behaviour, and other relevant topics is highly influential. According to Google Scholar, he has about 22,000 citations to his work as of this writing.



Prof Crant’s articles ‘The proactive component of organizational behavior: A measure and correlates’, published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior in 1993, and ‘Proactive Behavior in Organisations’, published in the Journal of Management in 2000, are seminal works in the field of organisational behaviour. Having served for eight years on the editorial review board for the Journal of Management, Prof Crant is currently on the review board for Personnel Psychology and the Journal of Management Scientific Reports. His research has been featured in leading media outlets, including the CBS Sunday Morning television program, PBS television network, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Australian. He consults with dozens of organisations, including HSBC, Bayer, Siemens, and Weber-Shandwick. He has been serving HKRGC as a GRF grant application reviewer since 2006 and was appointed a panel member of Business Studies in 2022.