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

“Employers and Community Colleges: What Is the Connection and What Explains It” Osterman, Paul, and Andrew Weaver. Mimeo


"Skills and Skill Gaps in Manufacturing." Osterman, Paul, and Andrew Weaver. In Production in the Innovation Economy, edited by R. Locke and R. Wellhausen. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press (2014)

“The Labor Market Context For Employment and Training Policy,” in Maureen Conway and Robert Giloth eds, Connecting People To Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies, (New York: Columbia University) (2014)

"The New Skill Production System: Policy Challenges and Solutions in Manufacturing Labor Markets." Osterman, Paul, and Andrew Weaver. In Production in the Innovation Economy, edited by R. Locke and R. Wellhausen. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press (2014)

Job Quality: What Does It Mean and How Do We Think About It (2013)

Special Issue on Job Quality (2013)

Companies Should Take the Lead In Creating Collaborative Programs To Train Workers (2012)

Economy In Society: Essays In Honor of Michael J. Piore (2012)

Good Jobs: Three Reasons There Aren’t More (2012)

"Job Quality In America: The Myths That Block Action” Are Bad Jobs Inevitable? (2012)

The Politics of Job Quality: A Case Study of Weatherization (2012)

"Community Colleges: Promise, Performance, and Policy” Reinventing Higher Education The Promise of Innovation (2011)

Good Jobs America: Making Work Better For Everyone (2011)

Institutional Labor Economics, The New Personnel Economics, and Internal Labor Markets: A Reconsideration (2011)

Job Training In America: Making Sense of the System (2011)

Job Design In The Context of The Job Market (2010)

Recognizing The Value of Middle Management (2010)

The Role of Skill Development and Firm Level Policies In Improving Outcomes For Low Wage Workers (2010)

The Truth About Middle Managers (2009)

College For All: The Labor Market For College Educated Workers (2008)

"Demand Side Policies To Improve Job Quality” A Future of Good Jobs (2008)

Improving The Quality of Low Wage Work; The Current American Experience (2008)

Evading the Iron Law: Culture and Ritual in Social Movement Organizations (2007)

Community-Based Organizing and Employee Representation (2006)

"Employment and Training Policies: New Directions for Less Skilled Adults” Workforce Policies for a Changing Economy (2006)

"The Changing Employment Circumstances of Managers” America at Work: Choices and Challenges (2006)

The Wage Impacts of High Performance Work Organization (2006)

"Making Bad Jobs Good: Strategies for the Service Section” Job Quality and Employer Behavior (2005)

"Ports and Ladders: The Nature and Relevance of Internal Labor Markets in a Changing World” Oxford Handbook on Work and Organization (2004)

“Ports and Ladders: The Nature and Relevance of Internal Labor Markets in a Changing World" Oxford Handbook on Work and Organization (2004)

"The Economic Context for Workforce Intermediaries” Workforce Intermediaries in the Twenty-first Century (2004)

Gathering Power: The Future of Progressive Politics In America (Beacon Press), 2003

Gathering Power; Rebuilding Progressive Politics in America (Beacon Press), 2003

"Organizing the U.S. Labor Market: National Problems, Community Strategies” Governing Work and Welfare in the New Economy (2003)

Working in America: A Blueprint for the New Labor Market. Osterman, Paul, Thomas A. Kochan, Richard M. Locke and Michael J. Piore. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002.

"Employers in the Low Wage/Low Skill Labor Market” Low Wage Workers In The New Economy (2001)

Working In American; A Blueprint for A New Labor Market. MIT Press, 2001

Flexibility and Commitment in the United States Labor Market (2000)

Revolutionizing Work (2000)

Work Organization in an Era of Restructuring: Trends in Diffusion and Impacts on Employee Welfare (2000)

New Rules for the Labor Market (1999)

Securing Prosperity: The American Labor Market: How It Has Changed and What To Do About It (Princeton Univerisity Press), 1999

The Impact of Training on Productivity and Its Role in the Social Dialogue (1999)

"Changing the Constraints: A Successful Employment and Training Strategy” Jobs and Economic Development (1998)

Changing Work Organization in America: What Has Happened and Who Has Benefited? (1998)

"Internal Labor Markets” A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (1997)

Broken Ladders: Managerial Careers in the New Economy. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

The Future of Employment and Training (1996)

Training to Think (1996)

"Apprenticeship Programs for the American Youth Labor Market” Contract With America's Youth: Towards a National Youth Development Agenda (1995)

"Involving Employers in School-to-Work Programs” Learning to Work (1995)

Is There a Youth Labor Market Problem in America (1995)

"Problems and Policies for the Youth Labor Market” The Changing Nature of Work (1995)

Skill, Training, and Work Organization in American Establishments (1995)

"The Transformation of Work in the United States: What The Evidence Shows” Managing Human Resources in the 1990s and Beyond (1995)

"Work Organization and Training in American Enterprises” Institutions and Labor Market Performance: Comparative Views on the U.S. and German Economies (1995)

Work/Family Programs and the Employment Relationship (1995)

The Mutual Gains Enterprise: Forging a Winning Partnership Among Labor, Management, and Government. Kochan, Thomas A. and Paul Osterman. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1994.

Beginning Work: The Youth Labor Market in America (1994)

How Common Is Workplace Transformation and How Can We Explain Who Adopts It? Evidence From a National Survey (1994)

"Internal Labor Markets: Theory and Change” Labor Economics, Institutions, and Markets (1994)

"Is There a Problem With the Youth Labor Market and If So How Should We Fix It? Lessons for the U.S. From American and European Experiences” Poverty, Inequality, and the Crisis of Social Policy: Western States in the New World Order (1994)

Supervision, Discretion, and Work Organization (1994)

The Mutual Gains Enterprise: Forging a Winning Partnership Among Labor, Management, and Government. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business School Press, 1994.

Work Organization (1994)

Employer-Centered Training Programs for International Competitiveness: Lessons From State Programs (1993)

"Internal Labor Markets in a Changing Environment: Models and Evidence” Research Frontiers in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (1993)

Why Don't 'They' Work? Employment Patterns in a Full-Employment Economy (1993)

“La Organizacion del trabajo en Estados Unidos: Inferences para la politica industrial (Work Organization in the United States: Implications for Industrial Policy)” Politica Industrial, Teoria y Practica (1992)

“Latinos in the Midst of Plenty” Latinos in Boston Confronting Poverty, Building Community (1992)

“Pressures and Prospects for Employment Security in the United States” Employment Security and Labor Market Behavior: Interdisciplinary Approaches and International Evidence (1992)

“Gains From Growth? The Impact of Full Employment in Boston on Poverty” The Urban Underclass (1991)

"New Technology and Work Organization” Technology and Investment (1991)

“Poverty and the Underclass: The Impact of Full Employment” Work and Welfare (1991)

“The Impact of Information Technology Upon Employment” The Corporation of the 1990's: Information Technology and Organizational Transformation (1991)

“The Productivity Consequences of Alternative Internal Labor Market Arrangements” Arbetskraft, Arbetsmarknad, och Producktivitet (1991)

Welfare Participation in a Full Employment Economy: The Impact of Neighborhood (1991)

“Innovations in Training and Human Resource Development: Integrating Public and Private Policy” New Developments in Worker Training: A Legacy for the 1990's

“The Future of Employment Policy: A U.S. Perspective” Flexibility in Labor Markets in the United States and Canada (1990)

Employment Systems in the United States: Competing Models and Contingent Employment (1989)

Investing in Workers (1989)

Technological Innovation and Employment in Telecommunications (1989)

“The Job Market for Adolescents” Adolescence and Work: Influences of Social Structure, Labor Markets, and Culture (1989)

Employment Futures : Reorganization, Dislocation and Public Policy. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Internal Labor Markets. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1984.

Getting Started: The Youth Labor Market. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1980.


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