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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​.

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"Why California’s New Fast Food Council Law is Good for Business."

Kochan, Thomas. Fortune, September 6, 2022.

"America’s Seeing a Historic Surge in Worker Organizing. Here’s How to Sustain It."

Kochan, Thomas, and Wilma Liebman. WBUR Cognoscenti, September 5, 2022.

"Proactive Union and Teacher Strategies for Shaping Technology in Education."

Kochan, Thomas A. New England Journal of Public Policy Vol. 34, No. 1 (2022).

"U.S. Workers' Organizing Efforts and Collective Actions: A Review of the Current Landscape."

Thomas Kochan, Janice R. Fine, Kate Bronfenbrenner, Suresh Naidu, Jacob Barnes, Yaminette Diaz-Linhart, Johnnie Kallas, Jeonghun Kim, Arrow Minster, Di Tong, Phela Townsend, and Danielle Twiss. Cambridge, MA: June 2022.

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

Hertel-Fernandez, Alex, William Kimball, and Thomas Kochan. ILR Review Vol. 75, No. 2 (2022): 267-294. Appendix.

"Commentary on New Theories in Employment Relations."

Bellace, Janice, Andrew Minster, Karen Scott, Erin L. Kelly, Thomas A. Kochan, Mari Sako, and Bruce E. Kaufman. ILR Review Vol. 74, No. 3 (2021): 798-826.

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