Work and Organization Studies

IWER Seminars

The Work and Organization Studies group is a hub for the study of work, employment, and organizations, and is host to one of the longest-running seminar series at MIT. These weekly seminars attract researchers from across the Institute and around the world. Unless otherwise noted, IWER seminars take place from 12:30-2:30 pm on Tuesdays in E62-346.

Current Seminars

  • Academic year 2018-19 seminars will be updated soon.

Past Seminars

  • Sep 12, 2017

    Reconvening Discussion

  • Sep 19, 2017

    Adam Cobb, Wharton, Management Department

    The Effects of Pay Dispersion and Work-Unit Demography on Employee Turnover Download Abstract

  • Sep 26, 2017

    Aruna Ranganathan, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Organizational Behavior  

    Stooping Down to Succeed: How Female Supervisors Motivate Worker Productivity in an Indian Garment Factory Download Abstract

  • Oct 3, 2017

    Amanda Pallais, Harvard University, Dept. of Economics  

    Valuing Alternative Work Arrangements Download Abstract & Paper

  • Oct 17, 2017

    John Van ReenenMIT Sloan School of Management, Applied Economics  

    The Fall of the Labor Share and the Rise of Superstar Firms Download Abstract

  • Oct 31, 2017

    Heejung Chung, University of Kent, UK, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research  

    Why Flexible Working Does Not Always Reduce Work-Family Conflict Download Abstract

  • Nov 7, 2017

    Dionne Pohler, University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources  

    The Compliance Behavior of Multinationals in a Developed Country: An Empirical Assessment of Regulatory Employment Practices Using Administrative Data From Ontario  Download Abstract

  • Nov 14, 2017

    Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis Neil Gershenfeld, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms Alan Gershenfeld, E-Line Media  

    The Future of Work in the Third Digital Revolution:  What if Anyone Could Make (almost) Anything? Download Introduction

  • Nov 21, 2017

    Jackson Lu, Columbia Business School

    Joint IWER/OS Seminar, 12:30 – 2:30pm in room E62-350  

    Global Leader or Foreign Traitor? The Divergent Effects of International Experiences on Leadership Effectiveness vs. Leadership Selection Download Abstract

  • Nov 28, 2017

    Teresa GhilarducciThe New School for Social Research  

    Nudge Economics and Working Longer: Inadequate Responses to the Retirement Time Inequality Download Abstract

  • Dec 5, 2017

    Alex Kowalski, MIT Sloan School of Management  

    Does It Matter That There is No “I” in “Team”? Evaluating the trade-offs of individual- and group-based incentives in a single setting Download Abstract

  • Dec 12, 2017

    Thomas Kochan, Erin Kelly, William Kimball, and Duanyi Yang  

    Worker Voice in America:  A Current Assessment and Exploration of Options Download Abstract

  • Feb 06, 2018

    Megan Larcom, Jenny Weissbourd, Jeremy Avins (MBA Students (MIT Sloan HKS dual-degree program)  

    New Forms of Worker Voice in the 21st Century

  • Feb 13, 2018

    Kathleen McGinn, Harvard Business School  

    Breaking from Tradition: Women’s Labor Force Participation and Investments in Females in Rural Gujarat, 1981-2011 Download Abstract

  • Feb 27, 2018

    Jody Hoffer-Gittell, Brandeis University  

    Relational Coordination Theory: A Systematic Review of Evidence Across Countries and Industries Download Abstract

  • Mar 06, 2018

    Justin Steil, MIT Urban Planning

  • Mar 13, 2018

    Simon Jager, MIT Economics

  • Apr 03, 2018

    Erin Kelly, MIT  IWER  

    Making Work Work: Work Redesign at the Work-Life Frontier Download Abstract

  • Apr 10, 2018

    Chris Winship, Harvard University, Dept. of Sociology  

    Inchoate Situations and Extra-Rational Behavior Download Abstract

  • Apr 24, 2018

    Kevin Lang, Boston University, Dept. of Economics  

    The Determinants of Teachers’ Occupational Choice Download Abstract

  • May 01, 2018

    Paul Osterman, MIT IWER & Michael Piore, MIT Economics  

    In Search of the High Road:  What Is It and Does It Exist? Download Paper

  • May 08, 2018

    Steve Viscelli, University of Pennsylvania, Sociology  

    Driverless and Door to Door? Autonomous Trucks, Ecommerce, the “Uberization” of Freight and the Future of the American Trucker Download Abstract

  • May 15, 2018

    Hilary Robinson, Wesleyan