George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management
Professor of Engineering Systems
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
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.
Published by Thomas A. Kochan
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” – KPHO.com (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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