About Ellen Ernst Kossek

Ellen Kossek

Ellen Ernst Kossek is University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations. Dr. Kossek teaches graduate students and managers on organizational behavior and human resource challenges. She was elected to the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Management, Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division Chair, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Her research involves managing organizational change on workplace flexibility, work process improvement, and the employment relationship; international human resources management, workplace inclusion, gender, and diversity.

She has published widely in referred journals on these topics, and won many awards including the Academy of Management Division's Gender and Diversity in Organization's Sage Scholarly Achievement award recognizing an accumulated body of research that significantly advances understanding of gender and diversity in organizations.

Dr. Kossek is Associate Director of the Center for Work, Family Health and Stress of the U.S. National Institutes of Health National Work, Family and Health Network. She has received funding from Alfred P. Sloan and Gerber Foundations, U.S. Center for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health, state, national and international governments, other foundations, and employers.

Dr. Kossek currently serves on many journal editorial boards, and advisory boards in the U.S. and internationally. Her best-selling book on flexstyles and work-life patterns) is CEO of Me: Creating a Life That Works in the Flexible Job Age (with Lautsch, 2008, Wharton School Publishing). She has edited or authored 8 other books on diversity, work-life and human resource management and published dozens of articles in leading journals or books. She has given many keynote speeches on work-life, gender and multi-culturalism; human resource strategies and organizational change and partners on research, management education and organizational change work with employers (public, private and nonprofit) in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Americas.

Her educational degrees are from Yale University (PhD); University of Michigan (MBA); Mount Holyoke College. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, the Center for Creative Leadership, the University of Warwick, UK, University of South Australia in Adelaide; and Harvard Business School.

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