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About Ellen Ernst Kossek

Ellen Kossek

Ellen Ernst Kossek is an internationally recognized thought leader on employer support of work and family/personal life integration, gender, diversity, human resource innovation, and social change. She is pioneer who was one of the first to advance knowledge in the area of employer support of work and family in major human resource management and industrial organizational psychology journals, developing this substantive area in the fields of organizational and personnel psychology. She is the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management at the Krannert School of Management and the inaugural research director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, a center that focused on study and development of occupational resilience for women leaders. She is the current President of the Work Family Researchers Network, and a Fellow to the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association for her research on employer support of care giving. She also served on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Management and was Chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division. She has regularly obtained external funding on organizational change, diversity and work and family issues and has published many award winning articles and books on these topics. She was founding editor of the Sloan Work Family Network's Work and Family Encyclopedia, and served on Teaching Advisory Board and Sloan Task Forces on Web-Based Collaborative Teaching and Workplace Flexibility. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Boards of a Work and Family and business school research centers in Spain, France, and the State of Michigan YMCA. She was a co-author on a paper awarded the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for excellence in work-life research. The Kanter Award is given to the authors who publish the best work-family research article during a calendar year. Kossek also had her work on work life boundaries featured in the Wall Street Journal and was invited by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to be the work-life captain for a federal HR research summit and was the keynote speaker at the Korean Management Association. She was program chair of the inaugural conference on gender and leadership excellence held at Krannert School of Management this year. She has received grants this year from the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Institute of Aging.

Some of her past and current funded research projects include:

  • Health and Safety Benefits of Supervisor Support of Work and Family (funded by NIOSH/NIH/NICHD as part of a national interdisciplinary network on work and family)
  • Work-Life Policies in Practice: Research on Collective Voice and in Organizations (funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation),
  • Managing Professionals in New Work Forms (funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation).
  • Managing Workplace Flexibility (Society of Human Resource Management Foundation)
  • Family Supportive Supervisory Behaviors for Returning Veterans (Dept. of Defense)
  • Work-Life Boundary Management Leadership Assessment (Center for Creative Leadership)

Dr. Ellen Kossek has advised and worked on collaborative work groups for National Institute of Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Wharton Work-Family Roundtable, the Center for Creative Leadership, the Sloan Boston College Work Family Network, and the Council of University Work Family Association, as well as for business and government leaders in dozens of countries globally. Her passion continues to break new ground to disseminate and foster interdisciplinary dialogue on innovative leadership and organizational practice and new ways of working to support work and family, gender and diversity issues, and progressive organizational and societal change. She is a tireless researcher and energetic teacher who inspires and serves as a role model and mentor for her students.