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Ellen Kossek

Ellen Kossek

Basil S. Turner Professor of Management & Research Director Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership
Organizational Behavior/Human Resources


Ph.D. Yale University, Organizational Behavior
M.B.A., The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Human Resources
B.A., Mount Holyoke College, So.Hadley, Mass., Psychology with honors


Ellen Ernst Kossek(Ph.D. Yale University) is the Basil S. Turner Professor at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, and the Research Director of the Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. She is the first elected President of the Work-Family Researchers Network. An organizational behavior scholar, she is a Fellow in the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Her award-winning research examines transforming gender, workplace flexibility, and work–family-life organizational practices.  Ellen has won the Work-Life Legacy award for helping to build/ advance the work-life movement, the Sage Scholarly achievement award for advancing understanding of gender and diversity in organizations; and a winner and multi-year finalist of the Rosabeth Moss Kanter work-family research excellence award. Previously, she was a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and worked for major corporations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.  Her research has been funded by NIH, NSF, Alfred P. Sloan, Russell Sage, and Gerber Foundations; appearing in top academic journals and major media (NPR, Financial Times, CNN,  Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal).  She works globally and been invited to speak about work-life, gender and well-being issues in over a dozen countries.

  Research Interests  

 Professor Kossek's research focuses on the roles that employees' work-life-family demands, social identities, and organizations'  employment and work-life policies and cultures play in supporting or controlling employee's lives toward economic and social well-being on and off the job. Her research focuses on work-life intersectionality with gender and job roles to advance equality along several themes.

              Work-life Flexibility, Gender Equality, and Leader Support Experiments. Kossek  is an expert on designing and evaluating workplace experiments involving gender and work-life  interventions - both naturally-occurring and randomized that seek to advance equality and productivity balancing employee, manager, and societal interests.   She examines how work-life inequality and stigma from variation in access to or consequences of using work-life flexibility policies governing the timing, location, amount or connectivity of work may adversely affect women as well as men involved in caregiving at different occupational levels. She has designed and evaluated leadership training to increase family supportive supervisory behaviors (FSSB) and performance support toward a dual workplace agenda in large randomized control trial studies.  She is currently writing on work-life leadership and implementation challenges in fostering workplace cultures of flexibility to reshape inclusive employer responses to transforming aging, caregiving, gender demands that are straining labor market and family social systems. 

              Technology Control, Boundary Management  Diversity Needs & Impacts.  She is an expert at designing leadership assessments to examine how variation in how technology is used via personal computer-mediated work is increasing diversity in the need for, control of, and impacts of blurring work-life boundaries that may conflict with cultures demanding separation and integration.  She is the author of CEO of Me: Creating a Life that Works in the Flexible Job Age.   Another study in progress compares the effectiveness of a cell phone policy change versus leadership family supportive supervisory training to advance productivity and well-being.

              Women's Leadership and Career Equality. Dr. Kossek organizes a bi-annual conference on work in progress pertaining to women's leadership and equality for employers and scholars. Working with conference attendees, she recently edited a special HRM issue on Women's Career Equality and a book entitled Creating Gender-Inclusive Organizations: Lessons from Research and Practice (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.)

           Gender and Work Life Inclusion. Building on a NSF workshop she organized on faculty work-life and gender  inclusion issues, Dr. Kossek  was recently awarded a grant to  examine linkages between gender and work-life inclusion, boundary management and women's career equality in national U.S. universities.


Here are several links on several recent projects:

Journal Articles

  • Kossek, E. E., Thompson, R. J., Lawson, K. M., Bodner, T. , Perrigino, M. , Hammer, L. B., Buxton, O. M., Almeida, D. M., Moen, P. ,Hurtado, D., Wipfli, B., Berkman, L. F., Bray, J. W. (2019). Caring for the Elderly at Work and Home: Can a Randomized Organizational Intervention Improve Psychological Health?. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, vol. 24 (1), 36-54. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, Ellen Ernst, Rosokha, Lindsay M. & Leana, Carrie R. (2019). Work Schedule Patching in Healthcare: Exploring Implementation Approaches. Work and Occupations, | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. E. & Ollier-Malaterre A. (2019). Desperately Seeking Sustainable Careers: Redesigning Professional Jobs for the Collaborative Crafting of Reduced Load Work. Journal of Vocational Behavior, | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. E. & Buzzanell, P. (2018). Women’s career equality and Leadership in organizatIons: Creating an evidence-based positive change. Human Resource Management, | Related Website |
  • Russo, M. , Ollier-Malaterre, A., Kossek, E. E., Ohana, M. (2018). Boundary Management permeability and relationship satisfaction in dual-earner couples: The asymmetrical gender effect. Frontiers in Psychology, | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. E & Lautsch, B. A. (2018). Hourly workers need flexibility the most but are often the least likely to get it. Harvard Business Review, | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E., Petty, R., Bodner, T., Perrigino, M., Hammer, L., Yragui, N., Michel, J. (2018). Lasting impression: Transformational leadership style and family supportive supervisor behaviors as job resources for mental health and performance. Occupational Health Science, | Download |
  • Crain, T., Hammer, L. B., Bodner, T., Olson, R., Kossek, E. E., Moen, P., Buxton, O. (2018). Sustaining Sleep: Results from the Randomized Controlled Work, Family Health Study. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, | Related Website |
  • Gatrell, C., Cooper, C. & Kossek, E. E. (2017). Maternal Bodies as Taboo at Work: New Perspectives on the Marginalizing of Senior Women in Organizations. Academy of Management Perspectives, vol. 31 (3), 239-252. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. E., & Lautsch, B. (2017). Work-Life Flexibility for Whom? Occupational Status and Work-Life Inequality in Upper, Middle, and Lower Level Jobs. Academy of Management Annals, | Related Website |
  • Wilson, K., Baumann, H., Matta, F. , Illes, R. & Kossek, E. (2017). Misery Loves Company: An Investigation of Couple's Interrole Conflict Congruence. Academy of Management Journal, doi: 10.5465/amj.2016.0395. | Related Website |
  • Steihl, E., Kossek, E. E., Leana, C. , Keller, Q (2017). A Multi-level Model of Care Flow: Examining the Generation and Spread of Care in Organizations. Organizational Psychology Review, | Related Website |
  • Lee, S., Davis, K. D., McHale, S. M., Kelly, E., Kossek, E., & Crouter, A. C. ( (2017). When Mothers’ Work Matters for Youths’ Daily Time Use: Implications of Evening and Weekend Shifts. Journal of Child and Family Studies, | Download |
  • Sin, N., Almedia, D., Crain, T., Kossek, E., Berkman, L., Buxton, O. (2017). Bidirectional, Temporal Associations of Sleep with Positive Events, Affect, and Stressors in Daily Life Across a Week. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, | Download |
  • DePasquale, N., Mogle, J., Zarit, S.H., Okechukwu, C.A., Kossek, E.E., & Almeida, D.M. (2017). The family time squeeze: Perceived family time adequacy buffers work strain in certified nursing assistants with multiple caregiving roles. The Gerontologist, | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E.E., Pisczcek, M. McAlpine, K. Hammer, L. Burke L. (2016). Filling the Holes: Work Schedulers as Job Crafters of Employment Practice in Long-Term Health Care. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol. 69 (4), 961-960. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, Ellen Ernst (2016). Managing Work Life Boundaries in the Digital Age. Organizational Dynamics, vol. 45 (3), 258-270. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, Ellen Ernst (2016). Implementing Organizational Work-Life Interventions: Toward a Triple Bottom Line. International Journal of Community Work and Family, vol. 19 242-256. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. E. & Perrigino, M. (2016). Resilience: A Review Using a Grounded Integrative Occupational Approach. Academy of Management Annals, vol. 10 (1), 729-797. | Related Website |
  • Okechukwu, C. A., Kelly, E., Bacic, J., DePasquale, N., Hurtado, D., Kossek, E., & Sembajwe, G. (2016). Supporting employees' work-family needs improves health care quality: Longitudinal evidence from long-term care. Social Science Medicine, | Related Website |
  • Marino M, Killerby M, Lee S, Klein LC, Moen P, Olson R, Kossek E. E., King R, Erickson L, Berkman L.F., Buxton O.M. (2016). The Effects of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Workplace Intervention on Sleep and Work-Family Conflict Outcomes in an Extended Care Setting. Sleep Health, vol. Dec. (4), 297-308. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E., E, Su, Rong, Wu, L. (2016). Opting-Out” Or “Pushed-Out”? Integrating Perspectives on Women’s Career Equality for Gender Inclusion and Interventions. Journal of Management, | Related Website |
  • Aguinis, H. , Davis, G., Detert, J., Glynn, M., Jackson, S., Kochan, T., Kossek, E. E., Leana, C., Lee, T., Morrison, M., Pearce, J., Pfeffer, J., Rousseau, D., Sutcliffe, K. (2016). Using Organizational Science Research to Address U.S. Federal Agencies’ Management and Labor Needs. Behavioral Science & Policy, vol. 2 (2), 67–76.. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Huang, J., Piszczek, M., Fleenor, J., Ruderman, M. (2015). Rating Expatriate Leader Effectiveness in Multisource Feedback Systems: Cultural Distance and Hierarchical Effects. Human Resources Management, | Related Website |
  • Lippold, M., McHale, S., Davis, K., Kossek, E.y (2015). Day-to-Day Inconsistency in Parental Knowledge: Links with Youth Health and Parents' Stress. Journal of Adolescent Health, | Related Website |
  • Moen, P., Kaduk, A., Kossek, E., Hammer, L., Buxton, O., O'Donnell, E., Almeida, D., Fox, K., Tranby E., Oakes, J. M., Casper L. Gex (2015). Is Work Family Conflict a Multi-Level Stressor Linking Job Conditions to Mental Health: Evidence from the Work Family Health Network. Work and Family in the New Economy Research in the Sociology of Work, vol. 26 177 217. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Ollier-Malaterre, A., Lee, M., D., Picher, S. & Hall, D.T (2015). Line Managers Rationales for Professionals Reduced load Work in Embracing and Ambivalent Organizations. Human Resource Management, DOI:10.1002/hrm. | Download |
  • Lam, J., Fox, K., Fan, W., Moen, P., Kelly, E., Hammer, L. Kossek, E (2015). Manager Characteristics and Employee Job Insecurity around a Merger Announcement: The Role of Status and Crossover. The Sociology Quarterly, vol. 56 558-580. | Related Website |
  • Hammer, L.B., Johnson, R.C., Crain, T.L., Bodner T., Kossek E.E., Davis, K.D., Kelly, E.L., Buxton, O.M., Karuntzos, G., Chosewood, C., Berkman, L (2015). Intervention Effects on Safety Compliance and Citizenship Behaviors: Evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Study. Journal of Applied Psychology, | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. E. (2015). Capturing Social- Cultural Influences: Relating Individual Work-Life Experiences to Context. International Journal of Community Work and Family, | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Thompson, R., Lautsch, B. (2015). Balanced Flexibility: Avoiding the Traps. California Management Review, vol. 57 3-25. | Related Website |
  • Moen, P.,...Kossek, E. (2015). Does a Flexibility/Support Organizational Initiative Improve High Tech Employees’ Well-Being. American Sociological Review, | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. E. & Burke, L. (2014). Developing Occupational and Family Resilience in U.S. Migrant Farm Workers: Future Research and Policy Themes. Social Research Journal, vol. 51 (2), 359-372.. | Related Website |
  • Crain, T., Hammer, L., Bodner, T., Kossek, E., Moen, P., Lilienthal, R., Buxton,O (2014). Work-Family Conflict, Family-Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (FSSB), and Sleep Outcomes. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, vol. 19 (2), 155–167. | Related Website |
  • Greenhaus, J. & Kossek, E. E. (2014). The Contemporary Career: A Work-Home Perspective. Annual Review Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 1:18.1–18.28. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Hammer, L., Kelly, E., Moen, P. (2014). Designing Organizational Work, Family & Health Change Initiatives.. Organizational Dynamics, vol. 43 53-63. | Download |
  • Berg, P., Kossek, E., Misra, K., Belman, D. (2014). Do unions matter for work-life flexibility policy access and use?. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol. 67 (1), 111-136. | Download |
  • Kelly, E., Moen, P., Oakes, M., Fan, W., Okechukwu, C., Davis, K., Hammer, L., Kossek, E., King, R., Hansen, G., Mierzwa, F., Casper, L. (2014). Changing Work and Work-Family Conflict: Evidence from the Work-Family Health Network. American Sociological Review, 1-32. | Related Website |
  • Hall, T., Kossek, E., Briscoe, J., Pichler, S., Lee, M. (2013). Nonwork orientations relative to career: A multi-dimensional measure. Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol. 83 539-550. | Download |
  • Ollier- Malaterre, A, Valcour, M., den Dulk, L,, Kossek, E. E. (2013). Theorizing national context to develop comparative work–life research: A review and research agenda. European Management Journal, | Download |
  • Berg, P., Kossek, E., Baird, M & Belman, D.. (2013). Collective bargaining and public policy: Pathways to work-family policy adoption in Australia and the United States. European Management Journal, | Download |
  • Hammer, L. B., Ernst Kossek, E., Bodner, T., & Crain, T. (2013). Measurement Development and Validation of the Family Supportive Supervisor Behavior Short-Form (FSSB-SF). Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, | Download |
  • Hall, D., Lee, M, Kossek, E. & Las Heras, M (2012). Pursuing career success while sustaining personal and family well being: A study of reduced-load professionals over time. Journal of Social Issues, | Download |
  • Kossek, E.E., Kaillaith, T., & Kaillaith, P. (2012). Achieving employee wellbeing in a changing work environment: An expert commentary on current scholarship. International Journal of Manpower, vol. 33 738-753. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. & Lautsch, B. (2012). Work-family boundary management styles in organizations: A cross-level model. Organizational Psychology Review, vol. 2 (2), 152-171. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Ruderman, M., Braddy, P., Hannum, K. (2012). Work-nonwork boundary management profiles: A person-centered approach. Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol. 81 112-128. | Download |
  • Lautsch, B. & Kossek, E. (2011). Managing a blended workforce: Supervising telecommuters and non-telecommuters. Organizational Dynamics, vol. 40 10-17. | Download |
  • Litrico, J B. Lee M. D. Kossek, E. (2011). Cross-level dynamics between changing organizations and career patterns of reduced-load professionals. Organization Studies, vol. 32 1678 - 1697. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. E., Baltes, B. B., & Matthews, R. A. (2011). Innovative ideas on how Work-Family research can have more impact.. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, vol. 4 426-432. | Download |
  • Lee, M, Kossek, E., Hall, D., Litrico, J. (2011). Entangled strands: A process perspective on the evolution of careers in the context of personal, family, work, and community life. Human Relations, vol. 64 1531 - 1553. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. E., Baltes, B. B., & Matthews, R. A. (2011). How work-family research can finally have an impact in the workplace. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, (4), 352-369. | Download |
  • Hammer, L. B., Kossek, E. E., Bodner, T., Anger, K. & Zimmerman, K. (2011). Clarifying work-family intervention processes: The roles of work-family conflict and family supportive supervisor behaviors. Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 96 134-150. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Pichler, S., Bodner, T. & Hammer, L. (2011). Workplace social support and work-family conflict: A meta-analysis clarifying the influence of general and work-family specific supervisor and organizational support. Personnel Psychology, (64), 289-313. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Lewis, S. & Hammer, L. (2010). Work-Life initiatives and organizational change: Overcoming mixed messages to move from the margin to the mainstream. Human Relations, vol. 63 1-17. | Download |
  • Lautsch, B. & Kossek, E. (2009). Supervisory approaches and paradoxes in managing telecommuting implementation. Human Relations, (62), 795 - 827.
  • Hammer, L. , Kossek, E., Yragui, N. Bodner, T., Hansen, G. (2009). Development and validation of a multi-dimensional scale of family supportive supervisor behaviors, (FSSB). Journal of Management, (35), 837-856. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. & Hammer, L. (2008). Work/Life training for supervisors gets big results. Harvard Business Review, 36. | Related Website |
  • Lirio, P. Lee, M., Williams, M. Haugen, M. & Kossek, E. (2008). The inclusion challenge with reduced-load professionals: The role of the manager. Human Resource Management Journal, (47), 443- 461. | Related Website |
  • Ryan. A. & Kossek, E. (2008). Work-life policy implementation: Breaking down or creating barriers to inclusiveness. Human Resource Management Journal, (47), 295-310.
  • Kossek, E. & Lee, M. (2008). Implementing a reduced-workload arrangement to retain high talent: A case study. Journal of Managerial Psychology, (11), 49-64. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. Pichler, S., Meece, D., Barratt, M. (2008). Family, friend and neighbor child care providers and maternal well-being in low income systems: An ecological social perspectiive. Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology, (89), 369-391. | Download |
  • Friede, A., Kossek, E., Lee, M., & MacDermid , S. (2008). Human resource manager insights on creating and sustaining successful reduced-load work arrangements,. Human Resource Management Journal, (47), 707- 727. | Download |
  • Van Dyne, L, Kossek, E. & Lobel, S. (2007). Less need to be there: Cross level effects of work practices that support work-life flexibility and enhance group processes and group-level OCB. Human Relations, vol. 60 1123- 1153. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Lautsch, B. & Eaton, S. (2006). Telecommuting, control, and boundary management: correlates of policy use and practice, job control, and work-family effectiveness. Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol. 68 347-367. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Huber, M. & Lerner, J,. (2003). Sustaining economic and psychological well-being of mothers on public assistance: individual deficit and social structural accounts. Journal of Vocational Behavior, (62), 155-175. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Markel , K. & McHugh, P. (2003). Increasing diversity as a HR change strategy. Journal of Organizational Change Management,, vol. 16 328-352.
  • Palthe, J. & Kossek, E, (2003). The role of organizational subcultures and employment modes in the translation of HR strategy into HR practice. Journal of Organizational Change Management,, vol. 16 287-308. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Noe, R., & Colquitt, J. (2001). Caregiving Decisions, well-being and performance: The effects of place and provider as a function of dependent type and work-family climates. Academy of Management Journal, vol. 44 29-44. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. E., Ozeki, Cynthia, Kosier Wasson, D. (2001). Wellness incentives: Lessons learned about organizational change. Human Resource Planning Journal, vol. 24 24-36.
  • Kossek, E. E., Noe, E. & DeMarr, B. (1999). Work-family role synthesis: individual, family and organizational determinants. International Journal of Conflict Resolution, (10), 102-129. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. E., Barber, A., & Winters, D, (1999). Using flexible schedules in the managerial world: The power of peers. Human Resource Management Journal, vol. 38 36-46.
  • Kossek, E. E. & Ozeki, C. (1999). Bridging the work-family policy and productivity gap. International Journal of Community Work and Family, vol. 1 7-32.
  • Huber, M. & Kossek, E. (1999). Community distress and welfare exits: The under-examined factor for families in the United States. International Journal of Community Work and Family, vol. 2 205-218.
  • Kossek, E. E., Roberts, K., Fisher, S., & DeMarr, B. (1998). Career self-management: A quasi-experimental assessment of a training intervention. Personnel Psychology, vol. 51 935-962.
  • Roberts, K., Kossek, E. & Ozeki, C. (1998). Managing a global workforce: Challenges, strategies & solutions. Academy of Management Executive, vol. 12 93-106.
  • Kossek, E. E. & Ozeki, C. (1998). Work- family conflict, policies, and the job-life satisfaction relationship: A review and directions for organizational behavior/human resources research. Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 83 139-149. | Download |
  • Correa, Mary, Klein, E., Stone, W., Astrachan, J., Kossek, E. E., and M. Komarraju. (1998). Reactions to women in authority. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, vol. 24 219-233.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, J., Kossek, E. E., Sandling, H. (1997). Managing multiple concurrent change initiatives: Integrating quality and work/family strategies. Organizational Dynamics, vol. 25 21-36.
  • Kossek, E. E., Huber-Yoder, M., Castellino, D. Lerner, J. (1997). The working poor: Locked out of careers and the organizational mainstream?. Academy of Management Executive, 76-92.
  • Klein, E., Astrachan, J., Kossek, E. E. (1996). Leadership education: The impact of managerial level and gender on learning. Journal of Managerial Psychology, vol. 11 31-40.
  • Kossek, E. E., Dass, P. & DeMarr, B. (1994). The dominant logic of employer-sponsored childcare: human resource managers' institutional role.. Human Relations, vol. 47 1121-1149.
  • Kossek, E., Young, W., & Gash, D. (1994). Waiting for innovation in the human resources department: Godot implements a human resource information system.. Human Resource Management Journal, vol. 33 (1), 135-159.
  • Kossek, E. & Zonia, S. (1994). The effects of race and ethnicity on perceptions of human resource policies and climate regarding diversity.. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, vol. 8 319-334.
  • Kossek, E. & Zonia, S. (1993). Assessing diversity climate: A field study of reactions to employer efforts to promote diversity. Journal of Organizational Behavior, vol. 14 61-81. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. E., DeMarr, B., Ross K., and Kollar, M. (1993). Assessing employee's elder care needs and reactions to dependent care benefits. Public Personnel Management Journal, vol. 24 617-638.
  • Kossek, E., & Block, R. (1993). The employer as social arbiter: Considerations in limiting involvement with off-the-job behavior. Journal of Employee Rights and Responsibilities, vol. 6 139-156.
  • Klein, E., Astrachan, J., Kossek, E. E. (1992). Affective reactions of managers to leadership education: An exploration of the same gender effect. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, vol. 28 102-117.
  • Kossek, E. & Nichol, V. (1992). The effects of employer-sponsored child care on employee attitudes and performance.. Personnel Psychology, vol. 45 485-509.
  • Kossek, E. E. (1990). Diversity in child care assistance needs: Problems, preferences, and work-related outcomes. Personnel Psychology, vol. 43 769-791.
  • Kossek, E. E. & Grace, P. (1990). Taking a strategic view of employee day care assistance: A cost- benefit model.. Human Resource Management Planning Journal, vol. 13 189-202.
  • Kossek, E. E. (1990). Why many HR programs fail. Personnel, 50-53.
  • Kossek, E. E. (1989). The acceptance of human resources innovation by multiple constituencies. Personnel Psychology, vol. 42 263-281. | Download |
  • Klein, E., Stone, W., Correa, M., Astrachan, J., Kossek, E. E. (1989). Dimensions of experiential learning at group relation’s conferences. Social Psychiatry, vol. 24 241-248.
  • Kossek, E. E. (1987). Human resource management innovation. Human Resource Management Journal, vol. 26 71-92.

Conference Paper (refereed)

  • Kossek, E. E. (2019). Exploring an Organizational ScienceLens on Faculty Gender and Work Life Inclusion:Conceptualization, Perspectives& Interventions. Purdue Epubs, West Lafayette, Indiana. | Related Website |

Proceedings (refereed)

  • Kossek E. & Lee, K. (2019). Fostering gender and work-life inclusion for faculty in Business Schools and Understudied Contexts: An Organizational Science Lens. Abstracts from Oct. 1, 2, 2018 Workshop. (#1837920). Workshop abstracts.. Purdue University Epubs, | Related Website |

Conference Proceedings

  • Kossek, E. E. & Lee, K. (2018). Leadership Excellence and Gender Symposium- Breaking Bias Conference Abstracts. West Lafayette, Indiana. | Related Website |
  • Lee, M. Kossek, E. & Baitaille, C. (2007). Making flexibility work: The manager’s perspective on implementation of reduced-load work arrangements,. Saskatchewan, Canada. vol. 1


  • Ruderman, M., Braddy, P., Hannum, K. & Kossek, E.E. (2013). Managing Your Whole Life. Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Gattrell, C., C. Cooper, C. & E. Kossek (2010). Women and Management. Edward Elgar Publishing, U.K. & Northhampton, Mass..
  • Kossek, E. & Lautsch, B. (2008). CEO of Me: Creating a Life That Works in the Flexible Job Age. Pearson/ Wharton School Publishing, New Jersey.
  • Kossek, E. & Block, R. (2005). Managing Human Resources in the 21st Century: From Core Concepts to Strategic Choice. Southwestern Publishing, Cincinatti, Ohio.
  • Kossek, E. & Lambert, S. (2005). he Handbook of Work-Family: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives, Methods, and Approaches. LEA Press/Taylor & Francis, New York, NY.
  • Kossek, E. E. (1989). The Acceptance of Human Resource Innovation: Lessons for Managers. Quorum Press, Westport, CT..

Book (edited)

  • Pitt-Catsouphes, M., Kossek, E. E., Sweet, S., (2007). The Handbook of Work-Family: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives, Methods, and Approache. LEA Press/Taylor & Francis, New York, NY.
  • Kossek, E. & Lobel, S. (2006). Managing Diversity: Human Resource Strategies for Transforming the Workplace. Blackwell, Oxford, U.K..
  • Kossek, E.E. (1991). Child Care Challenges for Employers. LRP Press, Fort Washington, PA.

Book Chapters

  • Thompson, R. & Kossek, E. E. (2017). Workplace Flexibility: Strategies to help organizations navigate global expansion. Cambridge Industrial and Organizational Psychology Series,
  • Kossek, E., Odle-Dusseau, H. and Hammer, L. (2017). Family supportive supervision around the globe. Cambridge Industrial and Organizational Psychology Series, | Download |
  • Kossek, E. E., Petty, R. A, Michel, J. S., Bodner, T. B., Yragui, N., Perrigino, M., Hammer, L. (2017). Work-Family Subcultures: Workgroup Multilevel Influences on Family Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (Fssb) Affecting Individual Sleep Quality and Safety Performance. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 62-85.. | Related Website | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Wipfli, B., Thompson, R., Brockwood, K. and the Work Family Health Network Writing Team (2017). The Work, Family & Health Network intervention: Core elements and customization for diverse occupational health contexts. APA, Wash., DC. 181-215. | Download |
  • Hammer, L. Demsky, D., Kossek, E. Bray, J (2016). Work Family Intervention Research. Oxford Handbook of Work and Family, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199337538.013.27. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. & Thompson, R. (2016). Workplace Flexibility: Integrating Employer and Employee Perspectives to Close the Research-Practice Implementation Gap. Oxford Handbook Work and Family, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199337538.013.19. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. (2015). Forward. Gender and the Work Family Experience, Springer. | Download |
  • Westring, A., Kossek, E, Pichler, S., Ryan, A. (2015). Beyond Policy Adoption: Factors Influencing Organizational Support for Reduced-load Work Arrangements. Research in Careers series; Striving for Balance: Putting Work and Life in Focus." JAI Press, 1-24. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. E., Valcour, M., Lirio, P. (2014). The sustainable workforce: Organizational strategies for promoting work-life balance and well-being. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK & NY. 295-318.. | Download |
  • Kossek, E, & Ollier-Malaterre, A. (2013). Work-family policies: Linking national contexts, organizational practice and people for multi-level change. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, U.K.. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. & Ruderman, M. (2012). Work-family flexibility and the employment relationship. Taylor and Francis, New York, NY. 223-253. | Download |
  • King RB, Karuntzos GT, Casper LM, Moen P, Davis KD, Berkman L, Durham M & Kossek EE. (2012). Work-Family Balance Issues and Work-Leave Policies. Springer, New York, NY. 323-329. | Download |
  • Leana, C. & Kossek, E. (2012). Positive Organizational Change by and for the Working Poorr. Routledge, New York, NY.
  • Kossek, E.E & Michel, J.S. (2011). Flexible work schedules. American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.. 535-572. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. & Distelberg, B. (2009). Work and family employment policy for a transformed work force: trends and themes. Urban Institute Press, Wash., D.C.. 1-51. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., Lautsch, B. & Eaton, S. (2009). Good teleworking”: Under what conditions does teleworking enhance employees’ well-being?. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.. 148-173. | Download |
  • Kelly, E., Kossek, E., Hammer, L. Durham, M. , Bray, J., Chermack, K., Murphy, L. , Kaskubar, D. (2008). Getting there from here: research on the effects of work-family initiatives on work-family conflict and business outcomes,. Academy of Management/Taylor & Francis, New York, NY. 305-349. | Download |
  • Kossek, E. & Misra, K. (2008). Nonwork influences on work motivation. SIOP Frontiers, Taylor & Francis/ LEA Press, New York, NY. 471-500.
  • Kossek, E. & Van Dyne, L. (2008). Face time matters: A cross level model of how work life flexibility influences work performance of individuals and groups. Elsevier, Ltd, Amersterdam. 305-330. | Download |
  • Hammer, L. B., Kossek, E. E., Zimmerman, K., & Daniels, R. (2007). Clarifying the construct of family supportive supervisory behaviors (FSSB): A Multilevel perspective. Elsevier, Ltd, Amersterdam. 171-211.
  • Kossek, E. & Pichler, S. (2006). EEO and the management of diversity. Oxford Press, Oxford, U.K.. 251-272.
  • Kossek, E. (2006). Work and Family In America: Growing Tensions Between Employment Policy And A Changing Workforce. A Thirty Year Perspective. Palgrave MacMilllin, New York, NY. 53-72. | Download |
  • Lee, M. , Lirio, P., Karakas, F., MacDermid , S., Buck, M & Kossek, E. (2006). Exploring career and personal outcomes and the meaning of career success among part-time professionals in organizations. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, U.K.. 284-309.
  • Kossek, E. & Lobel., S. (2006). Human resource strategies to manage diversity. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA. 53-74.
  • Block, R., Malin, M., Kossek, E., Holt, A. (2006). The legal and administrative context of work and family policies in the U.S., Canada and the European Union.. Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis, New York, NY.
  • Belman, D. & Kossek, E. (2006). Minority and majority truck owner-operators: entrepreneur or galvanized employees?. Information Age Publishing, Greenwich, CT. 189-222.
  • Kossek, E. (2005). Workplace policies and practices to support work and families.. Erlbaum Press, New Jersey. 97-116.
  • Kossek, E., Meece, D. R., Barratt, P, Prince, E. (2005). U.S. Latino migrant farm workers: managing acculturative stress and conserving work-family resources.. Erlbaum Press/Taylor & Francis, New York, NY. 47-70.
  • Kossek, E. (2000). Learning From the working poor and welfare reform: paradoxes in promoting employability. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K.. 183-198.
  • Klein, E., Kossek, E. & Astrachan, J. (1998). The organization woman: Reflections of society in the workplace. Psychosocial Press, Madison, CT. 279-296.
  • Kossek, E. E. (1998). Organizational payback from work/life policies. Jossey-Bass, San Fransisco.
  • Gash, D. & Kossek, E. E. (1990). Understanding end user training as a lever for strategic organizational change. de Grunter, New York. 229-254.

Book Review

  • Nieuwenhuis, R. & Kossek, E (2017). Work-Life Balance in Times of Recession and Austerity. Community, Work & Family,

Research In Progress

  • Kossek, E. E.& Lee, K. Fostering Gender and Work-life Inclusion for Faculty in Business Schools & Understudied Contexts:An Organizational Science Lens. | Related Website |

Other Publications

  • Richie B (2018). 2018’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in the U.S.. | Related Website |
  • Valez, Mandy Invisible diseases are another obstacle for working women. | Related Website |
  • Hewitt, Howard Professor says US workplace lags in gender equality. | Related Website |
  • Family and Work Institute Work Life Visionaries. | Related Website |
  • The Washington Post - Brigid Schulte The Washington Post - The wrong boss can also ruin your home life. Here’s how to prevent it.. | Related Website |
  • Krannert School of Management Work Life Balance: Keeping in Step with Technologies Giant Leaps. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E Flexible Reduced Load Work Arrangements can Help Professionals, Companies. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. Creating a Working Life. | Related Website | Download |
  • Stephanie Mouw Finding the right balance: Giant Leaps in Health Well-being and Quality of Life. | Related Website |
  • Joelle Jay Three Ways to Balance Your LIfe. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. Vita. | Download |
  • Kossek, E.E. Technostress Management:Establishing work life boundaries in a 24-world. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E E & Lee, K. Fostering gender and work life inclusion in understudied organizational contexts. | Related Website |
  • Shellenbarger, S. Late night work email: Blessing or Curse?. | Related Website |
  • Office of Inspector General U.S. Postal Service Flexibility at Work: Human Resource Strategies to Help the Postal Service. | Download |
  • Lydia DePillis Do workers want ‘flexibility’? Depends on how you define it. | Related Website |
  • Emily Zuckerman & Lisa Stewart Creating the Sustainable Workplace; An Interview with Ellen Kossek. | Related Website | Download |
  • Eve Tahmincioglu Work Life Innovators Honored. | Related Website |
  • Hayleigh Columbo Purdue expert: Why bringing the NCAA tourney into the office isn't a bad idea. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. Allow Yahoo Workers to Work from Home. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. Yahoo ban on working from home is misguided. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E. Work-life conflicts hurt business. | Related Website |
  • SHRM SHRM Executive Roundtable on Workplace Flexibility. | Download |
  • Austin, J. Five Reasons to Bring the NCAA Tournament into the Workpalce. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E., E. Work LIfe Indicator. | Download |
  • Wall Street Journal How to Work From Home: The Experts. | Related Website |
  • Jennifer Ludden How to Make Shift Work Family Friendly. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, E., Ruderman, M., Hannum, K. & Braddy, P. Work Life Indicator On Line Assessment. | Related Website |
  • Sarah Mohoney What's Your Stress Trigger. | Related Website |
  • Elvia Malagan Lawsuit provides insight into working conditons of case workers. | Related Website |
  • Time Magazine Work Life Having a Moment but for Wrong Reasons. | Related Website |
  • Financial Times Women at Business School- Ellen Kossek Professor. | Download |
  • Kossek, E., E. Hammer, Thompson, R., Burke, L. Leveraging Workplace Flexibility: Fostering Engagement and Productvity. | Related Website | Download |
  • Martha White Seven Work-Life Balance Lies that are Ruining Your Life. | Related Website |
  • Nanette Fondas The Work Life Ripple Effect. | Related Website |
  • WLFI News Channel 18 Professor offers tips for keeping a healthy workplace. | Related Website |
  • Purdue Today - 8/6/2015 Krannert takes part in D.C. gathering to improve business opportunities for women. | Related Website |
  • Ellen Ernst Kossek Creating a Working Life. | Related Website |
  • EHS Today Keeping Illness Out of the Workplace A Purdue professor offers suggestions to keep flu out of workplace. | Related Website |
  • The Washington Post Do workers want ‘flexibility’? Depends on how you define it.. | Related Website |
  • M. Kravokovsky How HR Can Promote Flexibility in Blue Collar Jobs. | Related Website |
  • Kossek, Ellen Now is the Time to Move the Needle on US Work-Family Policy. | Related Website |

Business Case

  • Kossek, E., Lee, M. & Hall, D. (2007). Making flexible schedules work for everyone.. Harvard Management Update, Boston.

Conference Attended

  • Ellen Ernst Kossek Agile Careers, Work Life and Leadership. | Download |
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    'Technostress' Management

    Do you check your work email from home during off hours and weekends? Do you eat lunch at your desk or use break time to answer work or personal emails or texts? Chances are, many of us are “overworking” more than is necessary to be effective in our jobs, says work-life balance expert Ellen Ernst Kossek, a professor at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management.

    Full story: 'Technostress' Management

  •  Breaking Bias

    Bridging the Gaps

    In the wake of the #MeToo social media movement, which has grown to include gender inequity in the workplace, a March 2018 conference at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management served as a call to action among U.S. companies. Featuring prominent scholars and corporate leaders dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the conference highlighted the disparity in the number of men and women filling leadership roles and other biases ingrained into business cultures and practices.

    Full story: Bridging the Gaps

  • Phone polices influence working experience

    Ellen Ernst Kossek discusses about how phone polices influence employees' working experience

  • Work life flexibility

    Krannert professor Ellen Kossek discusses work life flexibility

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    On the Clock

    We not only live in a 24-7 world, but also work in one. From health care and manufacturing to retailing and information technology, someone is on the clock every hour of every day. Research by Purdue’s Ellen Ernst Kossek examines how that presents a growing challenge for employees, employers and those whose manage the work schedules of others.

    Full story: On the Clock

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    Professor Ellen Kossek on reduced workload

  • Keeping illness out of the workplace

    With an especially harsh flu season underway, Purdue University Professor Ellen Kossek says employers need to be proactive in dealing with ill workers. Kossek, a specialist in work-life issues, says the United States has a large number of workers who aren't paid if they stay home because of illness.

  • NCAA tournament in the workplace

    Ellen Kossek, Basil S. Turner Professor of Management at Krannert, speaks about watching the NCAA tournament in the workplace.

  • Work-life research

    Work-life research

  • Pregnant Employee

    Krannert faculty expert says now is the time to act on U.S. work-family policies

    Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management at the Purdue University Krannert School of Management and research director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, discusses the urgent need for U.S. work-family policy reform in a column for Brink, a publication focused on comprehensive insights on risk in the areas of environment, economy, society, geopolitics and technology.

    Full story: Krannert faculty expert says now is the time to act on U.S. work-family policies

  • Nursing home patient
    Krannert research shows improved scheduling approaches could improve life in nursing homes
    Placing a loved one in a nursing home can be a traumatic experience for the entire family with concerns about the care and attention they will receive. According to Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, those concerns could be eased by some simple changes in the way the schedules are done for the staff at that facility.
  • Research study coauthored by Krannert prof shows that work-life flexibility is a challenge up and down the pay scale
    When it comes to work-life flexibility, upper- and middle-level employees face challenges, but they are generally gaining options. Meanwhile, lower-level employees are still getting the short end of the stick, according to an Academy of Management Annals article coauthored by Ellen Ernst Kosssek, Purdue University's Basil S. Turner Professor of Management and research director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Organizational Behavior/Human Resources
  • Purdue gender equality expert says Time's Up movement must continue to gain awareness
    The Time's Up movement against sexual harassment, founded a year ago, has made tangible progress in the world of showbiz and beyond by fostering solidarity and encouraging women to speak out. "At a public awareness perspective, we are better than we were a year ago," says Ellen Kossek, a professor of management at Purdue University, citing the number of high-powered men who have been fired over their behavior. Still, she says, more needs to be done.
  • Startup aims to help supervisors, employees foster engagement and healthy work-life cultures
    The boss wants the project completed before the holiday break, your spouse needs to work late and pick up gifts, someone needs to get the children from the after-school programs and feed them a healthy dinner. Trying to manage demands between your professional life and personal life can be a major source of stress. Work Life Help, a Purdue-affiliated startup co-founded by Krannert professor Ellen Ernst Kossek, is trying to change that with new training technology aimed at helping supervisors better empower their employees to use company resources to manage the work-life balance.
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    ‘Technostress’ Management: Krannert’s Ellen Ernst Kossek on establishing work-life boundaries in a 24/7 world
    Do you check your work email from home during off hours and weekends? Do you eat lunch at your desk or use break time to answer work or personal emails or texts? Are you able to detach from job responsibilities, while on vacation, or do connect remotely? Chances are, many of us answer “yes” to at least one of these questions and are “overworking” more than is necessary to be effective in our jobs, says work-life balance expert Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and research director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.
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    Krannert's Ellen Ernst Kossek honored as Academy of Management Fellow
    Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management and research director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University, has been elected as a Fellow by the Academy of Management (AOM) for her “significant contributions to the science and practice of management.” Kossek is among a cohort of nine new Fellows selected by the organization, which has nearly 20,000 members in more than 120 countries. They were honored at a celebration dinner during the AOM’s 78th annual meeting on Aug. 10-14 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Hourly Workers Need Flexibility the Most, But Are Often the Least Likely to Get It
    Work-life flexibility has been of interest to practitioners, scholars, and individuals for decades, yet it remains a poorly understood concept with mixed effects, according to Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management at Purdue's Krannert School of Management and Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, in a recent column for Harvard Business Review.
  • Man in suit with hard hat and Korean flag in background
    South Korea cuts its work limit from 68 hours a week to 52
    The legislation, which went into effect on July 1, received overwhelming support in the National Assembly in an effort to limit the time employees spend on the job and is a "move in the right direction," says Purdue work-life expert Ellen Kossek, Purdue's Basil S. Turner Professor of Management & Research Director Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership
  • Always On
    Balancing Life with Technology: "Always On, Always Working?"
    Krannert's Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Purdue University Basil S. Turner Professor of Management and research director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, comments on the challenges of balancing life with technology in a special feature from The Economist, "Always on, Always Working?"
  • Purdue work/life expert: Five ways recent grads can achieve personal, professional balance
    College graduates might expect busy days and long nights as they start their own businesses or climb the corporate ladder. But a leading researcher on work and life balance at Purdue University said personal and professional habits formed at the entry level could follow workers throughout their careers. “After you graduate, you will be faced with lots of opportunities to work intently in order to advance on your career path,” says Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management in the Krannert School of Management and research director at the Butler Center of Leadership Excellence.
  • Professor and students discuss gender pay gap
    According to Krannert Professor Ellen Ernst Kosseky, there are two ways to analyze the gender pay gap within an organization — an organizational-level analysis and a like-for-like analysis. An organizational level analysis compares salaries between men and women at all levels, while a like-for-like analysis compares salaries of men and women in similar positions. The like-for-like analysis typically yields a smaller pay gap than the organizational-level analysis. This is largely because fewer women tend to be in higher-earning positions than men.
  • Purdue's upcoming Breaking Bias conference previewed on WGN Radio interview about 'Matching Your Portfolio to Your Ideologies'
    The social and cultural world has changed substantially in the last year, and the business world is adapting as well. WGN Radio discussed the impact of the #MeToo movement with Ellen Kossek, professor at the Purdue University Krannert School of Management, to preview the Breaking Bias Conference on March 21st and how the business world is responding. The corporate world is also feeling the impact of the social concerns of guns in society, and Jon Hale (Head of Sustainable Research at Morningstar) spoke about the growing trend of divesting from companies that don’t fit investor’s ideologies.
  • Academics, executives to focus on ‘breaking bias’ in the business world at Purdue conference
    Academics and executives will meet at Purdue University to highlight the disparity in the number of men and women filling leadership roles, and discuss solutions to “break bias” ingrained into business cultures and practices.The Krannert School of Management, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and the Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center, along with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, are hosting a three-day conference March 21-23 at Purdue featuring prominent scholars and corporate speakers dedicated to achieving diversity and inclusion in the workplace, especially in the top ranks of businesses and government.
  • 2018’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in the U.S.
    The U.S. today is a melting pot of cultures, thanks to rapid ethnic and racial diversification of the past four decades. If the trend continues, America will be more colorful than ever by 2044, at which point no single ethnic group will constitute the majority in the U.S. for the first time.
  • Flu season could cost employers billions of dollars
    As the flu season continues to worsen, the best thing companies can do for their bottom line is to encourage sick employees to stay home, says Professor Ellen Ernst Kossek in an interview for NPR's Marketplace. “Americans are notorious for not using all of their vacation and sick time,” she said. “And it’s just not a great culture if you make people feel like they have to work when they’re sick.”
  • Cold day in Chicago
    Chicago’s on the cusp of tying record-setting cold snap. Here’s how to survive it.
    Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek discusses how employers should respond to the cold weather in supporting employees.
  • Three ways to balance your life from Inc. and Krannert's Ellen Kossek

    You have the opportunity to live a life where you have plenty of time to do the things you need to do in the office or at home.

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Quick links

Personal website
Susan Butler Center
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Center on Aging and the Life Course
Research Projects led by Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek

Area(s) of Expertise

Work-Family-Life Policies and Workplace Flexibility. Work-life Leadership Training; Technology, Stress, & Job Control. Women's Career Equality, & Diversity & Gender Inclusion.