Meet the Team

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Barbara Dyer
Senior Lecturer and Executive Director
(617) 715-4846

Barbara Dyer is a Senior Lecturer and Executive Director of the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at the MIT Sloan School. Ms. Dyer focuses her attention at the intersection of people, profits, and technology. As Executive Director of the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative within MIT's Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER), Ms. Dyer is working to facilitate the cross-fertilization of ideas about making work work for everyone in the 21st century.

Prior to joining the MIT faculty, Ms. Dyer was President and CEO of The Hitachi Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation was an influential force in corporate social responsibility, bringing focus to the role of business in society. She was instrumental in shaping major national collaborative philanthropic initiatives that received high honors proffered by the Council on Foundations, including the Critical Impact and the Distinguished Grantmaker awards.

Ms. Dyer’s extensive career in public policy included serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior; Director of Policy Studies with the Council of Governors’ Policy Advisors, an affiliate of the National Governors’ Association; Deputy Executive Director of the Western Regional Office of the Council of State Governments; and founding director of the National Academy of Public Administration’s Alliance for Redesigning Government. Earlier in her career, she served as executive director of a community nonprofit organization in Alameda County, California and helped to launch an experimental school within a public high school as a teacher in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Ms. Dyer has been a Trustee of Clark University and was a member the American University School of Public Affairs Dean’s Advisory Council. She also co-founded and was the first Chair of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.  She is a graduate of Clark University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. 

Thomas Kochan
Member of the Faculty Steering Committee
(617) 253-6689

Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Managementa Professor of Work and Employment Research, and the Co-Director of the 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  (Business Experts Press, 2016).

Kochan holds a B.B.A. in personnel management as well as an M.S. and a Ph.D. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin. 

Paul Osterman
Member of the Faculty Steering Committee
(617) 253-2667

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

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

His most recent book is Who Will Care For Us? Long-Term Care and the Long-Term Workforce (Russell Sage, 2017)Other recent books include Good Jobs America: Making Work Better for Everyone (Russell Sage, 2011); 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).

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.

Erin Kelly
Member of the Faculty Steering Committee
(617) 324-4116

Erin L. Kelly is the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is affiliated with the school's Institute for Work and Employment Research.

Kelly's research investigates the adoption, implementation, and consequences of work-family and anti-discrimination policies in U.S. workplaces. She is part of the Work, Family & Health Network, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control. Kelly has also investigated noncompliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, how U.S. companies manage flexible work arrangements, and the effects of corporate affirmative action, diversity, and family policies on the representation of white women, women of color, and men of color in managerial and professional positions.

Kelly received the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Work-Family Research and has published articles in leading journals including the American Sociological Review and the American Journal of Sociology.

Prior to her appointment at MIT Sloan, Erin held the Martindale Chair in Sociology at the University of Minnesota and was an affiliate of the Minnesota Population Center and the Life Course Center.  She was also a member of the graduate faculty at the Carlson School of Management.

She received her B.A. in sociology from Rice University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University.

Emilio Castilla
Member of the Faculty Steering Committee
(617) 253-0286

Emilio J. Castilla is the NTU Professor of Management and a Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Castilla studies how social networks influence organizational and employment processes and outcomes over time. He tackles this question by examining different empirical settings with longitudinal datasets, both at the individual and organizational levels. His focus is on the hiring, retention, and job mobility of employees within and across organizations and locations, as well as on the impact of teamwork and social relations on performance. His research and teaching interests include organizational theory and behavior, economic sociology, and human resources management.

Castilla joined the MIT Sloan faculty in 2005, after being a faculty member for three years in the management department of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT Sloan, as well as a Research Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and at the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School.

Castilla holds a Graduate Diploma in business from Lancaster University in the U.K.; a B.A. in economics from Universitat de Barcelona; and a Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University. 

Nathan Wilmers
Member of the Faculty Steering Committee
(617) 253-1000

Nathan Wilmers is an Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a member of the Institute for Work and Employment Research and affiliated with the Economic Sociology program.

Wilmers researches wage and earnings inequality, economic sociology, and the sociology of labor. In his empirical research, he studies how wage stagnation and rising earnings inequality result from weakening labor market institutions, changing market power, and job restructuring. More broadly, he is interested in bringing insights from economic sociology to the study of labor markets and the wage structure. His research has been published in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces.

Wilmers holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.

Martha E. Mangelsdorf
Director of Strategic Communications
(617) 253-5435

Martha E. Mangelsdorf is the Director of Strategic Communications for the MIT Sloan Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative. Before joining the Initiative, Mangelsdorf was the editorial director of MIT Sloan Management Review for more than six years. An experienced writer and editor whose work has appeared in a diverse set of publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to Family Circle magazine, she has also been a senior editor of Inc. magazine as well as executive producer of Inc. magazine on the web.

Mangelsdorf has for years had a passion for the topic of good work and good jobs. For four years, she wrote a monthly series on career change for The Boston Globe newspaper, and she is the author of the book Strategies for Successful Career Change: Finding Your Very Best Next Work Life (Random House/Ten Speed Press, 2009). She is a graduate of Yale University, with a B.A. in Economics.

Inez Freiin von Weitershausen
Research Associate
(617) 324-7626

Inez von Weitershausen is a Research Associate at the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative, where she is helping to develop the group's research strategy in cooperation with the leadership team. In doing so, she draws on her own extensive research experience at the intersection of international political economy and management studies and on her work experience in the public and private sector. 

Von Weitershausen's ongoing work on cross-national differences in the organization and implementation of systems for training, education, and reskilling has informed MIT's Task Force on the Work of the Future and has been featured in MIT's edX course "Shaping Work of the Future."​  She has also explored topics involving comparative regulation and public policy as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics.

Von Weitershausen holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a Master of Law & Business degree from Bucerius Law School and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, and an M.A. in Politics, History and Area Studies from the University of Bonn. 

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