Thomas Anton Kochan

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Thomas A. Kochan
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Thomas A. Kochan
Born (1947-09-28) September 28, 1947 (age 69)
Education
  • B.B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1969
  • M.S., Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin, 1971
  • Ph.D., Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin, 1973

Thomas A. Kochan (born September 28, 1947) is a professor of industrial relations, work and employment. He is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he has been a faculty member since 1980.[1]

He is author of the books Restoring the American Dream: A Working Families' Agenda for America[2]and Shaping the Future of Work.[3]

In 2010, Kochan led the formation of the Employment Policy Research Network (EPRN),[4] an online think tank on the subject of employment, a project of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, supported by the Rockefeller and Russell Sage foundations.[5] The EPRN web site launched in January 2011 with 100 researchers from 35 universities, including MIT, Harvard, California-Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, Illinois, Michigan State, Pennsylvania State University and UCLA.[6]

He served as Chair of the MIT Faculty from 2009 to 2011.[5][7] He came to MIT in 1980 as a Professor of Industrial Relations.[8] From 1988 to 1991 he served as Head of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Area in the Sloan School.[8]

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.[8]

He was a consultant for one year to the Secretary of Labor in the Department of Labor’s Office of Policy Evaluation and Research.[9]

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. Through empirical research, he demonstrates that fundamental changes in the quality of work and employment relations are needed to address America’s critical problems in industries ranging from healthcare to airlines to manufacturing.[10][11]

Education[edit]

  • B.B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1969
  • M.S., Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin, 1971
  • Ph.D., Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin, 1973[11]

Notable Awards[edit]

Notable Publications[edit]

  • Working in America: Labor Market Institutions for the New Century. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001. (With Paul Osterman, Richard Locke and Michael Piore).[21]
  • Restoring the American Dream: A Working Families’ Agenda for America, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, September 2005.[22]
  • “Who Should Close the Middle Skills Gap?” Harvard Business Review, December, 2012 (with David Finegold and Paul Osterman)[23]
  • “The American Jobs Crisis and its Implication for the Future of Employment Policy: A Call for a New Jobs Compact,” ILR Review, 66 (2) April, 2013. (Lead article).[24]
  • Shaping the Future of Work. Business Experts Press. Publication date, December, 2015.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MIT Faculty Entry. Accessed 20 July 2010
  2. ^ Kochan, T.A. (September 2005). Restoring the American Dream: A Working Families' Agenda for America. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-11292-5. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Shaping the Future of Work: What Future Worker, Business, Government, and Education Leaders Need To Do For All To Prosper". Business Expert Press. 
  4. ^ "Labor and Employment Relations Association - Home". 
  5. ^ a b "Shaping the Future of Work - Press Releases - MIT Sloan School of Management". 
  6. ^ "Labor and Employment Relations Association - About". 
  7. ^ "MIT History". 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Prof. Thomas Kochan". 
  9. ^ a b http://caseplace.org/d.asp?d=7780
  10. ^ "Thomas Kochan - Faculty - MIT Sloan School of Management". 
  11. ^ a b Witzel, Morgen (2005-05-15). Encyclopedia of History of American Management. A&C Black. pp. 308–310. ISBN 9781843711315. 
  12. ^ "Historical Award Winners". 
  13. ^ "Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations". 
  14. ^ Witzel, Morgen (2005-05-15). Encyclopedia of History of American Management. A&C Black. p. 310. ISBN 9781843711315. 
  15. ^ "An Introduction to Collective Bargaining & Industrial Relations Information Center: About the Authors".  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 85 (help)
  16. ^ "Campus Snapshot - MIT Sloan Alumni Magazine". 
  17. ^ "Introduction to the Special Research Forum— Public Policy and Management Research: Finding the Common Ground". 
  18. ^ Emily Smith. "LERA Fellows". 
  19. ^ "Fisher College of Business - Professor, PhD candidate honored for top dissertation projects". 
  20. ^ "Leading industrial relations scholar granted honorary doctorate". 
  21. ^ "Working in America". MIT Press. 
  22. ^ "Restoring the American Dream". MIT Press. 
  23. ^ "Wages, Jobs, and Labor Markets". 
  24. ^ ""The American Jobs Crisis and Its Implication for the Future of Employm" by Thomas A. Kochan".