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Beyster Fellowship Symposium

These scholars have been identified under various fellowships and are studying different aspects of employee ownership and profit sharing including (but not limited to) impacts on personal, firm, and economic health and performance, corporate culture, leadership, incentives in new and existing enterprises, equality and diversity, business sustainability and responsible investing.

Videos - researchers discuss role of employee ownership in recapitalizing the economy.

2014 Beyster Symposium

The 2014 Beyster Symposium was once again the largest gathering of academics dedicated to studying the implications and practices of broad-based ownership sharing strategies. This year, attendees came from more than 40 universities across 8 countries, presented current research on the effects of broad-based ownership and employee participation on a range of timely issues: corporate performance, wage and income inequality and retirement security to labor/management relations, business ethics, and community development. Experts from more than 10 company and non-profits presented their applied research and their critical questions for the future.

2013 Beyster Symposium

On June 23-26, 2013 the Foundation for Enterprise Development hosted the fifth annual Beyster Summer Fellowship Symposium at the La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla for scholars researching employee ownership and participation, and who have been selected as fellows through a competitive fellowship program, administered by Rutgers University.  More than 70 attendees including professors from more than 40 universities in the U.S and internationally including Australia, Canada, Great Britain, South Korea, and Taiwan. 

These fellows are conducting inter-disciplinary research about the impacts of ownership, and cross more than 20 academic disciplines including management, finance, law, sociology, entrepreneurship, which makes this fellowship unique in the country and world.  Last year alone, they published 30 papers/articles, and 15 fellows received promotions including tenure.
At the symposium, Rutgers announced that Doug Kruse, a Senior Beyster Fellow, and Rutgers Professor in the School of Management and Labor Relations, has been selected to join the White House Council of Economic Advisers as a Senior Economist. On June 23-26, the Foundation for Enterprise Development hosted the fifth annual Beyster Summer Fellowship Symposium at the La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla for scholars researching employee ownership and participation, and who have been selected as fellows through a competitive fellowship program, administered by Rutgers University.  More than 70 attendees including professors from more than 40 universities in the U.S and internationally including Australia, Canada, Great Britain, South Korea, and Taiwan. 

These fellows are conducting inter-disciplinary research about the impacts of ownership, and cross more than 20 academic disciplines including management, finance, law, sociology, entrepreneurship, which makes this fellowship unique in the country and world.  Last year alone, they published 30 papers/articles, and 15 fellows received promotions including tenure.

At the symposium, Rutgers announced that Doug Kruse, a Senior Beyster Fellow, and Rutgers Professor in the School of Management and Labor Relations, has been selected to join the White House Council of Economic Advisers as a Senior Economist.   

2012 IAFEP Conference and Beyster Symposium

The 2012 symposium was held July 13 to 14 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The conference and symposium is sponsored and supported by the International Association for the Economics of Participation, the Foundation for Enterprise Development, the Employee Ownership Foundation, and the Fellowship Program at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.

The symposium welcomed over 150 management scholars from across the globe including approximately 125 social science scholars and 50 members of Rutgers fellowship program on employee ownership and profit sharing and SMLR Ph.D. students and faculty. The Foundation for Enterprise Development showcased our new film, We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream, during various sessions of the conference. Richard Freeman, Rutgers-SMLF Faculty Fellow and Mentor of Harvard University, presented the plenary keynote speech prior to the We the Owners trailer.

This year’s focus was on the relationship between employers and employees in organizations where employees are financial and/or decision-making participants as well as the effects of these dynamics on workers’ pay, job security, and stress.

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2011 Beyster Symposium: Open Systems: Applying Diverse Ownership Theories to Address Today’s Complex Changes

2011 Symposium on Employee Ownership The 2011 symposium was held June 26 to 29 in La Jolla, California. More than 80 guests from industry, sponsors, and scholars from U.S. and international universities attended, with most of the scholars participating in fellowship programs sponsored by the FED and by eight other foundations or individuals, and administrated by the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relation (SMLR).

These scholars presented on their inter-disciplinary research and teaching materials about how ownership (e.g., private, public, employee) plays a role in addressing a range of nationally important issues including job growth and retention, employee engagement and motivation, start-up and innovation, urban and economic development, compensation and wealth disparity. This year, the symposium had a special focus on the key intersections between research and practical application in business, policy and education. Proceedings will be available in the winter. View photo slideshow by Hilde Stephan Photography.

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2010 Beyster Symposium: Recapitalizing the Economy

2010 Symposium on Employee OwnershipMore than 50 scholars met in June 2010 to build upon and refer to research questions posed in the 2009 proceedings. The theme of the 2010 Symposium is Recapitalizing the Economy: Envisioning the Role of Broad Employee Ownership. Researchers have been investigating the premise that employee ownership—including equity compensation, profit sharing, and democratic work practices— can play an integral role in economic revitalization through the creation and distribution of capital. The proceedings provide a summary of research presentations, with updates on original approaches, new and developing ideas, research designs, and preliminary findings.

2009 Inaugural Beyster Symposium: Shared Capitalism - Setting a Scholarly Agenda

2009 Symposium on Employee OwnershipThe first symposium held in July 2009 drew over 40 academics, including many Beyster Fellows, who shared their research findings and also participated in an MIT Enterprise Forum panel discussion, which was attended by more than 200 people. See videos above.

The 2009 symposium proceedings document the dialogue that occurred about the definition of employee ownership, the main research issues and themes to be addressed, and the practical aspects of conducting research in this field.. More information via email to inquire@fed.org.

 

Academic Research

The FED sponsors inter-disciplinary research focused on how broad-based ownership models motivate employees, improves firm performance, advances innovation, and supports economic development.

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