Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame business professor Robert Vecchio dies

Published: February 10, 2009 / Author: Michael Information

Robert P. Vecchio, Franklin D. Schurz Professor of Management in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, died Monday (Feb. 9)  at Memorial Hospital in South Bend of injuries sustained in a fall from the rooftop of his home Saturday morning.  He was 58.


“Bob had an early and formative leadership role in the college,” said Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College.  “He was extremely dedicated to his research on leadership and to developing high standards of scholarship.  He provided the foundation for the management department to attain the reputation it enjoys today.  Our hearts and our prayers are with the family to which he was so devoted.”

A Chicago native, Vecchio was graduated from De Paul University in 1972.  He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial psychology from the University of Illinois in 1972 and 1976, respectively.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1976, Vecchio chaired the management department from 1983 to 1990.  He taught popular courses and published highly regarded articles on a variety of issues in organizational behavior and corporate management, especially emphasizing leadership, motivation, workplace emotion, and employee envy.

Vecchio was the author of “Organizational Behavior,” the sixth edition of which was published in 2006 by Thomson/Southwest. He was the editor of “Leadership: Understanding the Dynamics of Power and Influence in Organizations,” and he served from 1995 to 2000 as the editor of the prestigious Journal of Management.

A prodigious business scholar, Vecchio published numerous articles in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Leadership Quarterly.  He also served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Learning & Education Journal, the Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Group and Organization Management, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, and other journals.

Vecchio was a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Southern Management Association, and the American Psychological Society.

Friends may visit at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, on Sunday (Feb. 15) from 2-8:00 p.m.  The family plans to have a private funeral ceremony on Monday.  A memorial Mass for the Notre Dame community will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the Notre Dame campus. Memorial contributions may be made through To send condolences online, please visit



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