Paul Osterman

Nanyang Technological University Professor
Professor of Human Resources and Management
Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research

Biography | Selected Publications

Paul Osterman

Paul Osterman is the Nanyang Technological University Professor, a Professor of Human Resources and Management, and the Co-Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Osterman’s research concerns changes in work organization within companies, career patterns and processes within firms, economic development, urban poverty, and public policy surrounding skills training and employment programs. He has been a senior administrator of job training programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has consulted widely for government agencies, foundations, community groups, firms, and public interest organizations.

His most recent book is The Truth About Middle Managers (Harvard Business School Press, 2009). Osterman’s other recent books include Gathering Power: The Future of Progressive Politics in America (Beacon Press, 2003), Securing Prosperity: The American Labor Market: How It Has Changed and What to Do About It (Princeton University Press, 1999), and Working In America: A Blueprint for the New Labor Market (MIT Press, 2001). He also is the author of Employment Futures: Reorganization, Dislocation, and Public Policy; Getting Started: The Youth Labor Market; The Mutual Gains Enterprise: Forging a Winning Partnership Among Labor, Management, and Government; and Change At Work. Osterman is the editor of two books, Internal Labor Markets and Broken Ladders: Managerial Careers in the New Economy. In addition, he has written numerous academic journal articles and policy issue papers on such topics as labor market policy, the organization of work within firms, careers, job training programs, economic development, and anti-poverty programs.

Osterman holds a BA in history from Oberlin College and a PhD in economics/urban studies and planning from MIT.

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General Expertise
Career development; Changing work environments; Changing workforce; Collective bargaining; Compensation; Competition; Diversity; Downsizing; Economy, current conditions; Employee motivation; Employment relations; Firing; Future of work; Hiring; Human resource management; Industrial relations; Labor market policy; Labor unions; Managing diversity; Negotiation and conflict resolution; Non-profits; Public policy, employment relations; Recruitment; Spain; Unemployment; Urban poverty