• Understanding organizations

    Understanding organizations

    Exploring how we lead, manage, and work.

    Reinventing the workplace

    Reinventing the workplace

    Transformative research on labor and employment relationships.

  • It would be hard to imagine a better moment in history to study and influence the research and policies affecting organizations, work, and employment. The upheaval in institutions, organizations, and individuals’ work lives is dramatic and disruptive.

    At the institutional level, we are in the midst of a persistent, worldwide employment crisis, with a jobs deficit carried forward from the Great Recession and a long-term trend of stagnating wages and growing inequalities in income, wealth, and opportunity.

    At the organizational level, we continue to see rapid transformation in the nature of organizations, work, and people. Organizations are flattening, partnering, globalizing, outsourcing, open sourcing, downsizing, reengineering, and innovating in myriad ways in order to be competitive, innovative, and flexible in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world. The boundaries between work and family, government and industry, and organizations and supply chains are increasingly fluid.

    At the individual level, we see the necessity for new skills at negotiating, managing work and family obligations, and seeing interconnected human systems; we see new ways of leading, often in a distributed way and in virtual environments; we see new diversity in the work force and the misalignment of individual needs and cultural expectations and stereotypes; and we see women and people of color continue to be disadvantaged, exacerbating the inequalities that already exist.

    These are the pressing issues that the faculty and students in WOS are investigating. They are addressing critical questions pertaining to work, organizational design, leadership and change, negotiations and conflict resolution, decision-making, careers, and labor market institutions and policy making.

  • Focus On: WOS Welcomes Erin L. Kelly to our Faculty!

    We are delighted to announce that Professor Erin Kelly has joined the WOS and MIT Sloan School faculty. Welcome Erin!

    Erin’s research investigates the adoption, implementation, and consequences of work-family and anti-discrimination policies in U.S. workplaces. She is part of the Work, Family and Health Network, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control. Kelly has also investigated non-compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, how U.S. companies manage flexible work arrangements, and the effects of corporate affirmative action, diversity, and family policies on the representation of white women, women of color, and men of color in managerial and professional positions.