Thomas S. Bateman

Bank of America Eminent Scholar Emeritus

Thomas S. Bateman
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D.B.A., Organizational Behavior, Indiana University
M.B.A., Indiana University
B.A., Psychology, Miami University
Areas of Expertise: 
Proactive behavior and impact
climate change (behavioral challenges)
Professional Activities: 

Professor Bateman specializes in organizational behavior and strategic leadership. He conducts research on proactive behavior, problem solving, and job stress in organizational contexts and as behavioral challenges in the domain of climate change.

Professor Bateman publishes articles in academic and professional journals, writes textbooks, presents papers at professional meetings, and participates in executive education programs. His most recent journal articles concern leadership in the domain of climate change and mitigative vs adaptive problem solving. Another concerns the work styles of scientists as they pursue deep versus broad contributions to knowledge.

His most recent book chapter concerns proactive goals and goal pursuit, and appears in Proactivity at Work (S. Parker and U. Bindl, eds. Routledge, 2017). Another recent book chapter discusses how people can develop themselves as leaders, from a self-directed rather than a classroom or program perspective. Professor Bateman teaches workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia and is working on the 12th edition of his textbook Management: Leading & Collaborating in a Competitive World (McGraw-Hill/Irwin).

Selected Publications:

"Proactive Goals and Their Pursuit," in S. Parker and U. Bindl (eds.), Proactivity at Work: Making Things Happen in Organizations, Routledge, 2017.

“Different Personal Propensities Among Scientists Relate to Deeper vs. Broader Knowledge Contributions,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2015 (with A. M. Hess).

"Masters of the Long Haul: Pursuing Long-Term Work Goals," Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2012 (with B. Barry).

Recent news about Thomas S. Bateman:
People commonly think being proactive means simply starting sooner rather than later, not procrastinating, or taking initiative to get work done. But it is far more than that, says McIntire Management Professor Tom Bateman in a July 18, 2018, Conversation... Read more
How can big data reduce stroke fatalities in America’s southeastern “Stroke Belt?” How do stakeholders treat female CEOs and male CEOs differently? How can we prevent cyberattacks like those that crippled Yahoo or even the Democratic National Committee? Ten McIntire... Read more
Amid uncertainty about how President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration will address climate change and the Paris Agreement struck last spring, many of those concerned about climate change are debating how to move forward, both within and outside the political arena. McIntire... Read more
Amidst the calls for boundary-spanning collaboration, the fact is that most scientists work within institutional and professional contexts that overwhelmingly favor and reward deep specialization. Management Professor Tom Bateman encourages effective collaboration and meaningful disciplinary boundary crossing to find solutions... Read more
A new study from Management Professors Tom Bateman and Kieran O’Connor has identified a key divergence in how liberals and conservatives approach climate change solutions, while also highlighting convergences that might help break political gridlock. Read the UVA Today story... Read more
What does it take to effectively pursue and successfully achieve extremely long-term goals? McIntire Professor Tom Bateman and Vanderbilt Professor Bruce Barry offer a fascinating set of research-based insights in a July 24, 2015, article on The Conversation titled "Pluto... Read more
Whether it’s crossing disciplines, breaking down silos, or thinking outside the box, everyone’s talking about boundary spanning as the key to solving the world’s toughest problems. Read more
You can have all the luck and intuition in the world, Management Professor Tom Bateman says in a June 6, 2014, Fast Company article titled “Problem-Solving Lessons From NASA,” but without extreme competence, you'll be hard-pressed to make it to... Read more