Thomas S. Bateman

Bank of America Eminent Scholar; Director, Leadership Minor

Thomas S. Bateman
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Curriculum vitae (117.49 KB)
D.B.A., Organizational Behavior, Indiana University
M.B.A., Indiana University
B.A., Psychology, Miami University
Areas of Expertise: 
Motivation and job performance
Managerial decision making
Executive coaching
Professional Activities: 

Professor Bateman specializes in organizational behavior. He conducts research on leadership, problem solving, motivation, decision making, personality, stress, and managerial goals. Current research projects focus on behavior and decision making 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 article concerns the work styles of scientists as they pursue deep versus broad contributions to knowledge. A 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 “proactive behavior,” in which people create extraordinary change by overcoming personal and situational constraints, surpassing others’ expectations, and creating and seizing opportunities. 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:

“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).

"Self-Management and Personal Agency," Oxford Bibliographies Online, 2015.

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

"Choosing and Pursuing Goals: Traditional and New Perspectives for Self-Directed Leaders," Self-Management and Leadership Development, M. Rothstein and R. Burke (eds.), Edward Elgar, 2010.

"Leading with Competence: Problem-Solving by Leaders and Followers,"Leader to Leader, 2010.

"The Goals of the Top Executive: A Comprehensive Taxonomy," Journal of Applied Psychology, 2002 (with H. O'Neill and A. Kenworthy). Nominated for Scholarly Achievement Award, Human Resources Division, Academy of Management.

"Individual Environmental Initiatives: Championing Natural Environmental Issues in U.S. Business Organizations," Academy of Management Journal, 2000 (with L. M. Andersson). One of three finalists for Best Academy of Management Journal Article of 2000.

Recent news about Thomas S. Bateman:
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