Foundation For Enterprise Development

Emerging Scholar Awards

Emerging Scholar Awards

The Foundation for Enterprise Development in partnership with the Employee Ownership Foundation (EOF) and the Academy of Management (AOM) is pleased to sponsor the annual award for promising research by an emerging scholar in the domain of broad-based employee participation and ownership.

The purpose of this award is to identify innovative research in management or management-related disciplines that considers high-impact ideas in the context of business and society’s needs for employee empowerment, participative workforces, and wealth creation through broad-based equity and profit-sharing  mechanisms, work practices, organizational structures, and innovation and entrepreneurial models. 

In 2014, the judges selected Dionne Pohler, University of Saskatchewan, Assistant Professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Here paper is titled, Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Voice: The Impacts of Unions and High Involvement Work Practices on Work Outcomes.

In 2013, three individuals received awards titled, "The Emerging Scholar Award in Employee Participation and Ownership" with sponsorship by the FED, AOM, EOF and EASi.

  1. Felice B. Klein, Michigan State University, Assistant Professor, Pay-for-Performance and Gender: An examination of the sorting and incentive effects.
  2. Adam Seth Litwin, John Hopkins University, Assistant Professor, Nose to Tail: Using the whole employment relationship to explain the (missing) El-Performance link.
  3. Elizabeth McClean, Cornell University, Ph.D. candidate, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Leader Behaviors and Employee Benefits: A comparison of two approaches to increasing improvement-oriented voice.

The Emerging Scholar Research Award for Employee Participation and Ownership attracts young scholars to the field of Employee Ownership. Piloted in 2009, the original program, Shared Capitalism through Employee Ownership dissertation proposal award was designed in collaboration with the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, FED and EOF. Beginning in 2012, the Emerging Scholar Research Award was expanded beyond dissertation proposals and administered by the AOM, a leading association for scholars in management and organization.

Applications are due in February and are managed by AOM Human
Resource division.

Applications are due in February and are managed by AOM Human Resource division.

Application (2014): Emerging Scholar Awards in Employee Participation and Ownership Application

More information on 2015 application, please contact inquire@fed.org


Dissertation Awards - Left Pane

Shared Capitalism through Employee Ownership
International Dissertation Award

In partnership with the FED and the Employee Ownership Foundation (EOF), the Shared Capitalism through Employee Ownership Award was a newly created category in 2009 as part of the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (Aspen CBE) annual Dissertation Proposal Award program. Read more about the award.

The purpose of this award is to identify innovative research in business or business-related disciplines that is concerned with the impact or effectiveness of shared capitalism and/or broad-based ownership strategies in combination with participative workplace practices. The 2010 winners will receive honorariums and recognition at an awards ceremony to be held in New York City on October 26-27, 2010.

The following five-member academic/non-profit committee panel evaluated the applications:

  • Joseph Blasi, Rutgers University
  • Richard Freeman, Harvard University
  • Takao Kato, Colgate University
  • Corey Rosen, executive director, The National Center for Employee Ownership
  • Maureen Scully, University of Massachusetts, Boston

2009 Winner and Finalists

Daphne Berry, Winner


Doctoral candidate in management
University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Daphne Berry's curriculum vita

Read the press release

Francesco Bova, Finalist

Assistant professor of accounting
Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto
Formerly a doctoral student at Yale University

Mark Stanford, Finalist

Doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford, Linacre College

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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