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About the Beyster Institute

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The Beyster Institute was named in 2002, as part of the Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED), and took on the commission to spread the visionary ideas of Dr. J. Robert Beyster, the founder of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). These ideas have led to the development of many highly successful enterprises based on the potent combination of employee ownership and entrepreneurial spirit.

In 2004, the Beyster Institute joined the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego, a leading professional school within one of the top-ranked institutions in the U.S. for higher education and research.

Today, the Beyster Institute works to advance the understanding and practice of employee ownership as an effective and responsible business model. The Institute focuses on education, research and consulting to promote employee ownership and the creation of effective ownership cultures. The following are highlights of their focus:


For Leaders of Employee-Owned Companies: Courses range from one-hour online sessions to intensive three-day seminars and are tailored to the unique needs of employee-owned companies. Covering everything from technical topics to ownership culture, our offerings are led by expert instructors with real-world experience in employee ownership. More information

MBA Courses on Employee Ownership: The Beyster Institute offers Rady MBA candidates a unique opportunity to learn about employee ownership through two regular MBA elective courses. The first course offers a comprehensive course on employee ownership for Rady School MBA students at UC San Diego titled “Topics in Corporate Governance: Techniques in Equity Compensation.” This two-unit elective skills-based course covers the full range of equity incentive and compensation techniques, from synthetic equity programs to leveraged ESOPs.” The second course titled “Creating a High-Performing Workplace” introduces students to effective strategies and practices for the development of a high-performance workplace. The course will look at actual companies to examine how today’s businesses are fashioning new ways to maximize productivity and performance.

Beyster Institute Internships: The Beyster Institute also provides opportunities for interested MBA students to participate in an educational practicum – attending management seminars, working with senior consultants and assisting in the development of financial forecast models.


Employee Ownership Academic Case Studies: The Beyster Institute develops employee-ownership-related academic case studies to be used as teaching tools as they are gaining popularity in higher education, especially business education. Through funding from the FED, two case studies – Reflexite Corporation and LightWorks Optics - were published in 2008 and are available on the online Curriculum Library on Employee Ownership (CLEO). In addition, two new case studies will soon be available online – Namasté Solar and CALIBRE Systems, Inc.

The Experiential Classroom at Oklahoma State University: The Beyster Institute participates in the Experiential Classroom, a faculty development program for business and entrepreneurship instructors that promote state-of-the-art approaches to teaching entrepreneurship through experiential learning, incorporating case studies and business plans. More information

Beyster Scholars: The Beyster Institute partners with select entrepreneurship faculty, identified through the Experiential Classroom, to incorporate the Beyster Institute’s employee ownership curricular materials into their courses and provide feedback on their effectiveness. More information


Business Owners: The Beyster Institute helps companies determine a thoughtful rationale for the design of an equity-sharing program and identify the tools and resources required to implement the plan. This allows business leaders to build and maintain the kinds of employee ownership programs that turn employees into partners in enterprises and sustain a high level of business performance. Their experts have helped hundreds of business owners sell ownership stakes to their employees. More Information

Professional Advisors: The Beyster Institute shares employee ownership expertise with lawyers, accountants and other business consultants who may be unaware or uncertain of the significant value employee ownership can bring to their clients. More information

Contact the Beyster Institute

9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0553, La Jolla, CA 92093-0553
Phone: 858-822-6000

About FED

The FED is focused on helping the sustainability and growth of U.S.-based science and technology companies through its research, education, and services that advance innovation and broad-based ownership.