Tom Kochan

George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management
Professor of Work and Employment Research and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research


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 entitled, Restoring the American Dream: A Working Families’ Agenda for America (MIT Press, September 2005).

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

Faculty Media

  • The role of employee satisfaction in successful airline mergers

    Employees are the faces of the airlines. And, it was the airline industry that invented the first loyalty programs. Mergers upset those loyalties, opening the door for consumers to select airlines...

  • An on-call workforce at the markets mercy

    The National Labor Relations Act, a 1935 law that protects the right of private sector employees to unionize, probably doesnt recognize them as employees, says Tom Kochan, a professor at MITs Sloan...

  • After PPS deadlock, what's next?

    Interest Based Bargaining has become more common between organizations and their labor groups in the private and public sector across the country, according to Thomas Kochan, co-director of the MIT...

  • The Management Lessons of a Beleaguered Industry

    As the airline industry struggles again through a new round of challenges, some experts still see a profitable way forward. Is management-employee collaboration still possible? Long-time observer...

  • Taking the High Road

    Each days news reinforces what we already know: The old social contract surrounding employment is dead in the United States. Loyalty and good performance are no longer likely to be rewarded with...

  • Workforce of the Future Panel

    Panel discussion at MIT LGO conference on "The Future of Manufacturing in the U.S." (May 8, 2012) Moderator: William D. Green (Accenture) Panelists: Denise Johnson (Caterpillar), Cindy Estrada...

  • Which Way America: Labor Management Collaboration or a Return to Labor Wars?

    A number of state officials and the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court face a critical choice: Do they endorse a return to the 19th and early 20th Century era of conflict and bloodshed that...


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Email: tkochan@MIT.EDU
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