Ellen Ernst Kossek

Basil S.Turner Distinguished Professor of Management , Purdue University

About Ellen Ernst Kossek

Ellen Ernst Kossek (Ph.D., Yale University) is the Basil S. Turner Distinguished Professor at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management and the first elected President of the Work-Family Researchers Network.

Elected a Fellow in the Academy of Management, and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association, Ellen currently studies how work-life boundaries, work-life-family and diversity employment practices impact women's workplace inclusion and career equality. She also designs and conducts interventions and evaluates them in field experiments to help organizations and leaders implement work-life flexibility, and work-life cultural change and gender equality initiatives. She is one of the leading researchers in the U.S. on work and family policies.

She has organized a research to practice conference series on breaking bias to advance gender and diversity https://krannert.purdue.edu/events/leadership-excellence-and-gender/ and an NSF workshop bringing together scholars on management and diversity on the organizational science of fostering work-life inclusion in universities (https://krannert.purdue.edu/events/nsf-work-life-workshop/).  

Kossek has won many awards, including the Work-Life Legacy award for helping to build or advance the work-life movement;  the Ellen Galinsky Generative Researcher Award, (2020) for contributing break-through thinking to the work-family field; the Sage Scholarly achievement award from the Academy of Management's Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division for advancing understanding of gender and diversity in organizations, and won and also  been a multi-year finalist for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter award for work-family research excellence and a best paper award (JOB) for research on diversity climate. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan, Russell Sage, and Gerber Foundations, and the U. S.  National Institutes of Health (National Institute of  Occupational Health & Safety and the Center for Disease Control, National Institute of Child & Health Development, National Institute of Aging). Her research been published in top academic and management journals and national media publications (NPR, CNN, WSJ, Financial Times, HBR).

She recently led in writing a commissioned report for the National Academies of Sciences on the effects of COVID-19 on the work-life boundaries and domestic labor of Women in Academic Science STEMM; and also has written reports on future work life policies for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; and for nearly a decade worked on the NIH- funded interdisciplinary work family health network to design and evaluate field experiments to reduce work-family conflict in the culture and structure of work. She has been invited to speak in over a dozen countries.

Prior to joining Purdue, Dr. Kossek was University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, the Center for Creative Leadership, Kings College, the University of South Australia, Harvard, and the University of Bologna. Dr. Kossek serves on advisory boards and research teams for  centers on work and family, women in leadership, diversity, and workplace equality such as at IESE in Barcelona, Spain and the Science of Diversity Initiative (SODI) at the University of Chicago. She currently teaches classes on leading management of diversity and inclusion and managing global organizational behavior and human resources. A recent Stanford Study rated her in the top 2% of top researchers to the Business and Management field.

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