Thomas Kochan

About Me (Bio)
Thomas A. Kochan is George M. Bunker professor of work and employment relations at MIT's Sloan School of Management, is co-director of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research, and was chair of the MIT faculty from 2009 to 2011. He is past president of the Industrial Relations Research Association and the International Industrial Relations Association. Among his books are Restoring the American Dream: A Working Families’ Agenda for America (2005), Labor Relations in Emerging Economies (2015) (with Harry Katz and Alex Colvin), and Shaping the Future of Work: A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract (2017) (with Lee Dyer). His on-campus and online teaching focuses on actions needed by individuals, employers, government, labor organizations, and educators to shape the future of work in ways that help heal the divides in society and build a more inclusive economy and broadly shared prosperity. He is a member of the National Academy of Human Resources and the National Academy of Arbitrators, and is a fellow of the Labor and Employment Relations Associations. Kochan received his PhD in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin in 1973.

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