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. 


Kochan wins prestigious mentoring award

Kochan wins Aspen Institute Award

Kochan wins ILERA Academic Excellence Award

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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

Tom Kochan has been elected to the National Academy of Arbitrators


"What Forms of Representation do American Workers Want? Implications for Theory, Policy, and Practice."

Hertel-Fernandez, Alex, William Kimball, and Thomas Kochan. ILR Review. Forthcoming.

Shaping the Future of Work: A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract.

Kochan, Thomas, and Lee Dyer. New York, NY: Routledge, 2021.

"It is not technology that will steal your job."

Kochan, Thomas. The Irish Times, January 10, 2019.

"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.

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