Thomas Kochan


Thomas Kochan


Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a Professor of Work and Employment Research, and the CoDirector 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 Shaping the Future of Work  (Business Experts Press, 2016).

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


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Tom Kochan receives the 2016 LERA Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom Kochan wins Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award

Tom Kochan awarded honorary degree

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Introduction to Labor Relations.

Kochan, Thomas. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, Forthcoming.

"Worker Voice in America: Is There a Gap between What Workers Expect and What They Experience?"

​Kochan, Thomas A., Duanyi Yang, William T. Kimball, and Erin L. Kelly. Industrial and Labor Relations Review Vol. 72, No. 1 (2019): 3-38. Download Preprint.

"New Forms of Worker Voice in the 21st Century."

Avins, Jeremy, Megan Larcom, and Jenny Weissbourd, with Thomas Kochan (Advisor), Working Paper. 2018.

"What Trump should do now that Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Labor."

Kochan, Thomas. MIT Sloan Experts. MIT Sloan School of Management, February 2017.

"Updating the Transformation of American Industrial Relations."

Kochan, Thomas, Harry C. Katz, and Robert B. McKersie. by Thomas Kochan, Harry C. Katz, and Robert B. McKersie. ILR Review, October 1, 2016.

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Closing the ‘voice gap’ in America’s workforce

Newly vocal employees call for not just fair compensation, but a greater say in how their companies are run.

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Free MIT online course "Shaping Work of the Future" launches March 19

MIT’s free online course will tackle how best to develop a personal plan for lifelong career success over the course of eight weeks.

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