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Thomas A. Kochan

George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management
Professor of Engineering Systems
Co-director, Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT Sloan School of Management
Chair of the Faculty, MIT, 2009

Thomas A. Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of both the MIT Workplace Center and of the Institute for Work and Employment Research. He came to MIT in 1980 as a Professor of Industrial Relations. From 1988 to 1991 he served as Head of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Area in the Sloan School. Prof. Kochan came to MIT from Cornell University where he was on the faculty of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations from 1973 to 1980.

In 1973, he received his Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin. Since then he has served as a third-party mediator, fact finder, and arbitrator and as a consultant to a variety of government and private sector organizations and labor-management groups. He was a consultant for one year to the Secretary of Labor in the Department of Labor’s Office of Policy Evaluation and Research.

He has done research on a variety of topics related to industrial relations and human resource management in the public and private sector. Some of his recent books include: Restoring the American Dream: A Working Families’ Agenda for America; Management: Inventing and Delivering its Future; Working in America: A Blueprint for the Labor Market, Learning from Saturn; Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes, 3rd edition, 2004; An Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations, 3rd ed. 2003; In 1988 his book, The Transformation of American Industrial Relations received the annual award from the Academy of Management for the best scholarly book on management.

Professor Kochan is a Past President of both the International Industrial Relations Association and the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA). In 2001 he was listed in Who’s Who in America and in 2000 he was listed in Blackwell’s Dictionary of Management Scholars. In 1999 he was awarded Doctor Honoris Cause from the University de San Martin de Porres de Lima. He received the Heneman Career Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management in 1996. He was elected to the National Academy of Human Resources in 1997. He was named the Centennial Visiting Professor from The London School of Economics in 1995. From 1993 to 1995 he served as a member of the Clinton Administration's Commission on the Future of Worker/Management Relations.


Videos featuring Thomas Kochan:
> Faculty Forum Online: Collective Bargain (March 21, 2011)
> Are Cities Resilient? Disaster Recovery, Past and Present (October 5, 2005)
> Forced Labor in the Globalized World (May 14, 2005)

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Books Published by Thomas A. Kochan

Related News:

Tom Kochan quoted in Boston Globe editorial on wages for policy and firefighters “Parity shouldn’t be the basis for setting police and fire wages” The Boston Globe – December 4, 2013

Thomas Kochan quoted in article on Damon Silvers, policy director of the AFL-CIO “Can Damon Silvers save organized labor?” The Washington Post - November 19, 2013

Thomas Kochan quoted in story on falling union membership “(Audio) Unions Open Their Doors Wider As Membership Falls” All Things Considered - NPR – September 11, 2013

Op-ed co-written about the Massachusetts Education Partnership by Thomas Kochan in The Boston Globe “A fresh approach to improving student outcomes” The Boston Globe – September 3, 2013

Article on Harvard Business School survey on U.S competitiveness; Thomas Kochan contributed to the work: “Harvard Business School Survey Reveals Deepening U.S. Competitiveness Problem” – (via PRNewswire-USNewswire ) – January 18, 2012

TIME Magazine blog discusses white paper by Thomas Kochan and co-author Frank Levy: “How Much are Workers to Blame for Income Inequality?” – TIME Magazine – Curious Capitalist blog – November 28, 2011; Also, Kochan quoted in coverage of Black Friday: “Black Friday Looms Over Thanksgiving” – WBUR – November 25, 2011

Kochan also quoted in article about labor unions and union concessions in 2011; “Unions eye ’12 rebound after year of labor pain” Boston Herald – September 12, 2011

Labor Day op-ed: “Labor, business can unite as economic heroes” The Boston Globe – September 5, 2011

Quoted in article about labor unions and union concessions in 2011; “Unions eye ’12 rebound after year of labor pain” Boston Herald – September 12, 2011

Thomas Kochan quoted in story on U.S. progress with diversity in the workplace NPR – January 10, 2010

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Thomas A. Kochan

Contact info:

Thomas A. Kochan
100 Main Street
Building E62-334
Cambridge, MA 02142

Phone: 617.253.6689
Email to: tkochan "at"


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