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Thomas Kochan

Thomas Kochan

George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management
Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a Professor of Work and Employment Research and Engineering Systems, and the CoDirector of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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 challenges facing working families in meeting their responsibilities at work, at home, and in their communities. 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 (Business Experts Press, 2016).

Kochan holds a BBA in personnel management as well as an MS and a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin.

video Workers left out of government and business response to the coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 07:34 am UTC| Economy Business

As the coronavirus crisis unfolds, workers and families around the country are finding out how weak the U.S. social safety net is. Nearly three-quarters of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. About 30% of the workforce...

How to prevent the 'robot apocalypse' from ending labor as we know it

Mar 09, 2019 06:05 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

It seems not a day goes by without the appearance of another dire warning about the future of work. Some alarmists fear a robot apocalypse, while others foresee the day of singularity coming when artificial intelligence...

What Trump and Pelosi can learn from a different kind of shutdown that crippled the nation

Jan 27, 2019 14:43 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Two sides of a dispute are at an impasse. Both refuse to negotiate until the other side gives in to their central demand, with no reason to compromise. Animosity between the parties deepens as they hurl personal...

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