Prof. Paul Osterman, PhD '76

NTU Professor of Human Resources and Management

MIT Sloan

Symposium Roles
Speaker/Panelist 2016
Panels Participated in
How the On-Demand/Gig Economy is Redefining the Future of Work (2016)

Paul Osterman is the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources and Management at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management as well as a member of the Department of Urban Planning at M.I.T.   From July 2003 to June 2007 he also served as Deputy Dean at the Sloan School.

His research concerns changes in work organization within companies, career patterns and processes within firms, economic development, urban poverty, and public policy surrounding skills training and employment programs.

Professor Osterman has been a senior administrator of job training programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has consulted widely to government agencies, foundations, community groups, firms, and public interest organizations.

His most recent book is Good Jobs America: Making Work Better for Everyone (Russell Sage, 2011). Other recent books include The Truth About Middle Managers: Who They Are, How They Work, How They Matter (Harvard Business School Press, 2009), Gathering Power:  The Future of Progressive Politics in America (Beacon Press, 2003),Securing Prosperity:  The American Labor Market:  How It Has Changed and What to Do About It (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Working In America:  A Blueprint for the New Labor Market (MIT Press, 2001).

Professor Osterman is also the author of Employment Futures:  Reorganization, Dislocation, and Public Policy;Getting Started:  The Youth Labor Market; The Mutual Gains Enterprise:  Forging a Winning Partnership Among Labor, Management, and Government; and Change At Work. He is the editor of two books, Internal Labor Markets and Broken Ladders:  Managerial Careers in the New Economy. In addition, he has written numerous academic journal articles and policy issue papers on topics such as labor market policy, the organization of work within firms, careers, job training programs, economic development, and anti-poverty programs.

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