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Psychologist , university professor

Victor Harold Vroom, Canadian, American management consultant, educator. Recipient Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation award, 1958-1959; McKinsey Foundation research design award, 1967; Fulbright lecturer United Kingdom, 1967-1968; Distinguished Science Contribution award, Society Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1998; Distinguished Scholarly Cont. award, Academy Management, 2004.


Vroom, Victor Harold was born on August 9, 1932 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Son of Harold Heard and Avice May (Brown) Vroom.


Bachelor of Science, McGill University, Montreal, 1953. Master of Science, McGill University, Montreal, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, University Michigan, 1958.

Master of Arts (honorary), Yale, 1972.


Vroom's primary research was on the expectancy theory of motivation, which attempts to explain why individuals choose to follow certain courses of action in organizations, particularly in decision-making and leadership. His most well-known books are Work and Motivation, Leadership and Decision Making and The New Leadership. Vroom has also been a consultant to a number of corporations such as GE and American Express.

Victor Vroom was appointed Chairman of the Department of Administrative Sciences and associate Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale in 1972.



Fellow American Psychological Association (James McKeen Cattell award 1970), Australian Psychological Society Academy Management.


Married Ann Louise Workman, June 12, 1956 (divorced January 1989). Children: Derek Alan, Jeffrey James. Married Julia Ann Francis, December 27, 1989.

Children: Tristan Alexander, Trevor Huston.

Harold Heard Vroom

Avice May (Brown) Vroom

Ann Louise Workman

Julia Ann Francis

Derek Alan Vroom

Jeffrey James Vroom

Tristan Alexander Vroom

Trevor Houston Vroom