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Thomas Kochan

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thomas A. Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management and co-director of the Institute for Work and Employment Research. He is a past president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

Kochan's research 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. In his labor-management relations research he identifies what's needed to address America's critical problems in industries ranging from health care to airlines and manufacturing.

His newest book is entitled Restoring the American Dream: A Working Families' Agenda for America (2005). Kochan received his doctorate in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin.

Since then he has served as a third-party mediator, fact finder, 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.

Topic Areas
  • Employment Regulations
  • Industry Studies/Strategies
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Public-Sector Employment Issues
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Unemployment Jobs Deficit/Growth
  • Wages/Compensation
  • Work/Family Policy
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