Ellen Ernst Kossek, Research Director, Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Basil S. Turner Professor of Management, Krannert School of Management
100 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2076
Ellen Ernst Kossek is the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management and the Inaugural Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, appointed in January 2013. Dr. Kossek is also currently Associate Director of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety, and Health (CWFSSH), part of the Work, Family and Health Network, an interdisciplinary national research team collaborating to implement field studies that have the goal of reducing work-family conflict as a pathway to enhance employee and family health and organizational effectiveness. Primary funders of CWFSSH include the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Dr. Kossek has a Ph.D. from Yale University in Organizational Behavior, an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree with honors from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She has been elected President of the Work Family Researchers Network; Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology; to the board of Governors of the National Academy of Management and Chair of the Academy’s Gender and Diversity division for her seminal research on organizational support of effective work and family relationships and advancing gender and diversity in employment.
Her research is focused on three areas: 1) leader and organizational support of positive work-life-family relationships to improve productivity, well-being and reduce stress; 2) organizational adaptation to new work forms such as flexible work schedules, workload, and e-working (telework and mobile personal devices); and 3) managing global workforces, gender and diversity across global cultures and contexts. Dr. Kossek has taught students and managers in the U.S. and globally on topics such as managing careers and work-life effectiveness; workplace flexibility (e.g., teleworking, flextime, part time); international and domestic human resource management and organizational behavior; leadership; teams; diversity, and organizational change.
Dr. Kossek’s research has won awards including the Academy of Management’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. She has published dozens of articles in leading journals, and authored nine books and many chapters. Her book (with Brenda Lautsch) CEO of Me: Creating a Life That Works in the Flexible Job Age (2009, Wharton/Pearson Publishing) is a best-selling book on “flexstyles”, e-working, and changing work-life patterns. This book has been translated into Korean, recognized by the Singapore government, distributed globally, and spawned development of the Work-Life Indicator with the Center for Creative Leadership. Her research has received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan and Gerber Foundations; the U.S. Center for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health; state, national and international governments; and employers. Dr. Kossek has served or currently serves on many journal editorial boards (JAP, HRMJ, Human Relations, Journal of Organizational Behavior). Dr. Kossek frequently partners with leaders and employers as a keynote speaker or on research, change work, and management education in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Examples of organizations she has partnered with include Booz Allen, DTE Energy, “Spartan” Stores, Kellogg's LOF (Netherlands), Cusanuswerk (Germany), the U.S. Hubble Space Institute, the American Psychological Association, the University of Michigan, Texas A & M University, Indiana University, the Society of Cardiovascular Surgeons, and the Singapore and Portuguese governments. She has served on advisory boards for organizations globally including Hitachi in Japan, EDHEC in France, IESE in Spain, and the State of Michigan YMCA. She frequently is invited to speak at national and international conferences to address managers, doctoral students and faculty.
Dr. Kossek has previously held continuous or visiting academic appointments at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, the Center for Creative Leadership, the University of Warwick (U.K.), the University of South Australia, and Harvard Business School. Dr. Kossek also has significant domestic and international corporate work experience in managing human resources (HR) and organizational change at such firms as IBM, Hitachi, GTE (now Verizon), and Deere and Company in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has also worked for a U.S. congressman and an NGO (United Nations Association).
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