Professor Bateman specializes in organizational behavior. He conducts research on leadership, problem solving, motivation, decision making, personality, stress, and managerial goals. Current research projects include studies of how people pursue very long-term goals, proactive behavior by individuals in organizations, employee cynicism, and intrinsic motivation at work. He recently published a chapter about positive motivation for a book addressing positive organization sciences, Positive Organizational Scholarship. He also recently completed a chapter about self-management and leadership.
Professor Bateman publishes articles in academic and professional journals, writes textbooks, presents papers at professional meetings, and participates in executive education programs. A recent article discusses leading for results, using Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war as examples. His most recent book chapter discusses ways in which people can develop as leaders, from a self-directed rather than a classroom or program perspective. Another recent book chapter discusses “transcendent behavior,” in which people create extraordinary change by overcoming personal and situational constraints, surpassing others’ expectations, and creating and seizing opportunities. Other recent publications include “Individual Environmental Initiatives: Championing Natural Environmental Issues in U.S. Business Organizations,” in Academy of Management Journal; “Cynicism in the Workplace: Some Causes and Consequences,” in Journal of Organizational Behavior; and “A Hierarchical Taxonomy of Top Managers’ Goals,” in Journal of Applied Psychology. Professor Bateman teaches workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia and is working on the ninth edition of his textbook Management: Leading & Collaborating in a Competitive World (McGraw-Hill/Irwin).