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Thomas Kochan

Thomas Kochan

George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management
Professor of Work and Employment Research and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research
Contact Information
Office: E62-334
Tel: (617) 253-6689
Fax: (617) 253-2660
Support Staff

Name: Katherine Bertman
Tel: (617) 253-8515


Institute for Work and Employment Research

Research Center(s)

MIT Center for Digital Business

General Expertise

401K plans; Benefits; Career development; Changing work environments; Changing workforce; Collective bargaining; Compensation; Disrupted work; Diversity; Employee motivation; Employment relations; Family issues; Firing; Flextime; Gender issues, workplace; Harassment; Hiring; Human resource management; Incentives, corporate; Industrial relations; Labor market policy; Labor relations; Labor unions; Management effectiveness, measuring; Managing diversity; Negotiation and conflict resolution; Pensions; Public policy, employment relations; Recruitment; Regulatory policy; Sexual harassment; Stock options; Telecommuting; Training programs; Tri-sector collaboration (business, government, civic sector); Turnover; Unemployment; Worker / Management relations; Working virtually; Work-life balance; Workplace health


Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a Professor of Work and Employment Research and Engineering Systems, and the Co-Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Kochan focuses on the need to update America’s work and employment policies, institutions, and practices to catch up with a changing workforce and economy. His recent work calls attention to the challenges facing working families in meeting their responsibilities at work, at home, and in their communities. Through empirical research, he demonstrates that fundamental changes in the quality of employee and labor-management relations are needed to address America’s critical problems in industries ranging from healthcare to airlines to manufacturing. His most recent book is entitled, Restoring the American Dream: A Working Families’ Agenda for America (MIT Press, September 2005).

Kochan holds a BBA in personnel management as well as an MS and a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin.

Web Site: /iwer


"Beyond corporate codes of conduct: Work organization and labour standards at Nike's suppliers." International Labour Review, Vol. 146 Issue 1/2, (March-June 2007): 21-37.

Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes. South-Western College Publishing, 1996, 1999 (2nd Ed.), 2005 (3rd Ed.)

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