Thomas Kochan


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Thomas A. Kochan is the Post-Tenure George Maverick Bunker Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a faculty member in the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research.

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 need for a new social contract at work, one that anticipates and engages current and future technological changes in ways that build a more inclusive economy and broadly shared prosperity. 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:  A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract (Routledge, 2021). 

He is a member of the National Academy of Human Resources, the National Academy of Arbitrators, and past president of the International Industrial Relations Association and the Industrial Relations Research Association. Currently he is member of the MIT Task Force on Work of the Future.

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


"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. Appendix.

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

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

"A Case Study of Integrating Technology and Work Systems at Kaiser Permanente Health Hubs."

Arora, Anubhav, Barbara Dyer, and Thomas Kochan, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6365-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, November 2020.

"Independence of Technology Systems."

Kochan, Thomas, Susan Helper, Alex Kowalski, and John Van Reenen, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6471-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, January 2020.

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

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

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