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Thomas A. Kochan

Thomas Kochan is the George M. Bunker Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Codirector of the Institute for Work and Employment Research. He teaches courses on the future of work to MIT students on campus and to the general public through the MITx online platform.He is coauthor (with Paul Osterman, Richard M. Locke, and Michael J. Piore) of Working in America: A Blueprint for the New Labor Market (MIT Press).

Titles by This Author

A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract

This book provides a roadmap for what workers, business, labor, education, and government need to do to build a new social contract for all to prosper. It is a call to action for building high-quality jobs and strong and successful businesses through collaborative efforts capable of overcoming the deep divisions all too apparent in society today.

A Working Families' Agenda for America

Many American families have not prospered in the new "knowledge economy." The layoffs, restructurings, and wage and benefit cuts that have followed the short-lived boom of the 1990s threaten our deeply held values of justice, fairness, family, and work. These values—and not those superficial ones political pollsters ask about—are the foundation of the American dream of good jobs, fair pay, and opportunities for all.

A Blueprint for the New Labor Market

The American labor market faces many deep-rooted problems, including persistence of a large low-wage sector, worsening inequality in earnings, employees' lack of voice in the workplace, and the need of employers to maximize flexibility if they are to survive in an increasingly competitive market. The impetus for this book is the absence of a serious national debate about these issues.

After decades of stability, labor-management relations are undergoing dramatic changes. The contributions collected in this book provide the best and most up-to-date summary of the extent and causes of this upheaval in industrial relations.

Titles by This Editor

Inventing and Delivering Its Future

The MIT Sloan School of Management, as conceived by the legendary General Motors chairman Alfred P. Sloan, was founded in 1952 to draw on the scientific and technical resources of MIT and approach the problems of management with the rigorous research practices for which MIT was famous. Fifty years later, the Sloan School gathered international leaders in business and management, MIT faculty, students, and alumni to address again the basic principles that should guide business and management.

To address contemporary issues, industrial relations as a field of study will have to take an increasingly international and comparative dimension. Accordingly, Employment Relations in a Changing World Economy looks at the critical role employment relations play in firm performance and industry competitiveness worldwide.