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Victor H. Vroom

BearingPoint Professor of Management, Emeritus
Yale School of Management

Victor H. Vroom, the Yale School of Management BearingPoint Professor of Management, Emeritus, is an international expert on leadership and decision making. He has been the recipient of many awards, the most recent being the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Academy of Management. In February of 2015, Human Resources MBA recognized Victor Vroom as being one of the 30 most influential industrial and organizational psychologists alive today.

Professor Vroom has received awards for his research from the American Psychological Association, the McKinsey Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. In 1998 the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology honored him with its Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and in 2004 he received the Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award from the Academy of Management.

In addition, he has served as a consultant to many government agencies and to nearly 100 major corporations in the United States and abroad. He has been elected to Fellowships in the American Psychological Association, the American Psychology Society, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Academy of Management. Professor Vroom has also been elected President of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

A native of Canada, Victor H. Vroom received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in psychology from McGill University. After receiving his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan, he was named Study Director at the university's Institute for Social Research. He served as Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and later as Professor of Psychology and Industrial Administration at Carnegie-Mellon's Graduate School of Administration. He continued in that role until his move to Yale University. He came to Yale as Chairman of the Department of Administrative Sciences and Associate Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. In truth, Professor Vroom was lured to Yale by the promise that he would be able to create a school of management. He realized that dream when the Yale School of Management was founded in 1976, and he was named to its original board of permanent officers.

Professor Vroom has written 9 books and 75 articles. His book, Work and Motivation, is regarded as a landmark in the field and continues to be widely cited by scholars. Leadership and Decision Making, written with his student, Philip Yetton, stimulated over 100 scholarly research studies, and its ideas are found in virtually every textbook on management and leadership published in the last 30 years. He collaborated with Professor Edward Deci in writing Motivation in Management, which sold over 100,000 copies and was later revised and reissued. His latest book on leadership, The New Leadership: Managing Participation in Organizations, was coauthored with Professor Arthur G. Jago and published by Prentice Hall. It has been translated into German, Spanish and Korean.

Victor Vroom is one of the select number of behavioral scientists whose autobiographies are contained in the book Management Laureates. His work is also profiled in Great Minds in Management, which highlights some of the foremost contributors to management theory.