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Thomas Kochan

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Sloan School of ManagementGeorge Maverick Bunker Professor of Management
Professor, Work and Organization Studies
Co-Director, Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research
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Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a professor of work and employment research, and the co-director 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 (2016). Kochan holds a BBA in personnel management, as well as an MS and a PhD in industrial relations, from the University of Wisconsin.

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Research Briefs | July 8, 2020

Worker Voice, Representation, and Implications for Public Policies

Thomas Kochan George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies; Co-Director, Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research

Rebuilding worker voice and representation, rebalancing power in employment relations, and making fundamental changes in American labor and employment policies.

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COVID-19 Viewpoints | July 7, 2020

The pandemic exposed workers’ lack of power

Axios, Tom Kochan

The coronavirus is spotlighting longstanding shortcomings in worker power at big companies — and that could lead to lasting change, experts say.

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