Thomas A. Kochan is the George M. Bunker Professor of Work and Employment Relations at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research. From 2009 to 2011 he served as Chair of the MIT Faculty. He came to MIT in 1980. From 1988 to 1991 he served as Head of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Area in the Sloan School. Prof. Kochan came to MIT from Cornell University where he was on the faculty of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations from 1973 to 1980.
In 1973, he received his Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin. Since then 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. He was a consultant for one year to the Secretary of Labor in the Department of Labor’s Office of Policy Evaluation and Research. In 1988 his book with Harry Katz and Robert McKersie, The Transformation of American Industrial Relations, won the George Terry Award as the best book in management by the Academy of Management. His most recent book is Shaping the Future of Work: What Future Worker, Business, Government, and Education Leaders Need to do for All to Prosper.
Prof. Kochan is a Past President of both the International Industrial Relations Association and the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA). He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He was awarded a Doctor Honoris Cause from the University de San Martin de Porres de Lima’ in 1999 and an honorary Doctor’s degree from the University of Sydney in 2014. He received the Heneman Career Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management in 1996. He was elected to the National Academy of Human Resources in 1997. In 1998 he received the Cushing-Gavin Award from the Labor Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston. He was named the Centennial Visiting Professor from The London School of Economics in 1995. In 2008 he was named an Inaugural Fellow of the Labor and Employment Relations Association and received the Life Time Achievement Award from this Association in 2016. In 2011 he received the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Academy of Management. From 1993 to 1995 he served on Clinton Administration’s Commission on the Future of Worker/Management Relations. He is co-founder of the Massachusetts Education Partnership, a multi-party initiative working to improve student achievement through collaborative labor management relations.