Ellen Ernst Kossek
Basil S. Turner Professor of Management
Research Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Associate Director, Work Family Health Network Center for Work-Family Stress Safety & Health
Krannert School of Management
Purdue University
(765) 494-6852

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Ellen Ernst Kossek is the Basil S. Turner Distinguished Professor of Management at Krannert School of Management & Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College, MBA from the University of Michigan, and PhD from Yale University. She is well-known internationally for research on employer support of work and family and workforce diversity. Dr. Kossek has received many awards including the Academy of Management’s Gender and Diversity’s Sage Scholarly Achievement award recognizing research to advance gender and diversity in organizations. Ellen was elected to the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Management, Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division Chair, and Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  Her research received major funding from foundations, governments and employers. She is a current founding member of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Work, Family and Health Network.  She authored or edited nine books, including best-selling CEO of Me: Creating a Life That Works in the Flexible Job Age on work-life boundaries.  Ellen published an on-line work-life assessment and training tool, the Work Life Indicator, with the Center for Creative Leadership.  A popular keynote speaker and educator, Ellen has taught students, managers and practitioners for several decades and has had an inspirational impact on their advancement of the human resources management and work-life fields.

Ellen’s research interests include:

  • Studies on how to apply positive organizational scholarship theory to change organizations and members to improve support and control for employees’  multiple identities and involvement in family and communities while developing a sustainable career
  • Multi-level issues in creating a positive context including the role of HR and org. systems in fostering positive relationships and the flow of caring relationships for work and home systems
  • Cross-national perspective in on positive cultures particularly related to managing boundaries

Related Publications

  • 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.
  • 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. 96 (1), 134-150.
  • Lee, M, Kossek, E., Hall, D., Litiro, J. 2011.. Entangled Strands: A Process Perspective on the Evolution of Careers in the Context of Personal, Family, Work, and Community Life, Human Relations 64, 12, pp. 1531 – 1553.
    Kossek, E. E., Baltes, B. B., & Matthews, R. A. 2011, Focal Article. How work-family research can finally have an impact in the workplace. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 4, 352- 369..
  • Kossek, E. E., Baltes, B. B., & Matthews, R. A. 2011, Author Response Article: Innovative ideas on how Work-Family research can have more impact. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. 4, 426-432.
  • Hall, D., Lee, M, Kossek, E. & Las Heras, M. In press. Pursuing Career Success while Sustaining Personal and Family Well Being: A Study of Reduced-Load Professionals over Time. Journal of Social Issues on Sustainable Careers.
  • Kossek, E. and Ruderman, M. 2011. Work –family flexibility and the employment relationship. In Understanding the Employee-Organization Relationship: Advances in Theory and Practice ( Shore, L. M., Coyle-Shapiro, J. and. Tetrick, L. E.) NY: Taylor and Francis., pp. 223- 253.
  • Leana. C. & Kossek, E. 2012 Positive organizational change by and for the working poor, In Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation K: Golden-Biddle & J. Dutton, Eds. , Publisher: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group (volume in series: Organization and Management)
  • Kossek, E. & Lautsch, B. In press. Work-family boundary management styles in organizations: A cross-level model. Organizational Psychology Review.
  • 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.
  • Kossek, E. and Hammer, L. 2008. Nov. Work/life training for supervisors gets big results. Harvard Business Review, p. 36.
  • 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 perspective. Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology, pp. 369-391.
  • Litrico, J B. Lee M. D. Kossek, E. 2011. Cross-level dynamics between changing organizations and career patterns of reduced-load professionals. Organizational Studies, 32, 12, pp. 1678 – 1697.