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New Issue of Owners @ Work Now Available

Cover imageCovered in this issue:

  • We the Owners: Telling the Employee Ownership Story With Images–An Interview with Mary Ann Beyster
  • George Cheney Returns to Mondragon
  • The Myth of the ESOP as a Gift
  • OEOC Answers Questions About Crowdfunding
  • The Cooperative Development Center at Kent State University: Celebrating the “International Year of the Cooperative”
  • Ohio ESOP Update: Ohio’s ESOP Companies Regain Ground Lost to the Great Recession, While Paying Almost $16 billion to Retirees and Beneficiaries

Available in 3 web-optimized formats:


"We The Owners" Movie Trailer Released

The Foundation for Enterprise Development has released the trailer for their new film on employee ownership. Titled “We The Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream” the film follows three differently structured employee-owned companies as they create a stakeholder economy based on ‘prosperity through ownership’. And, in a publishing coup, the OEOC can preview a few stills from the film:


The purpose of the film is more than entertainment. In conversations with your humble scribe, Executive Producer Mary Ann Beyster expressed the additional goal that the film be a tool for broadening the discussion and teaching of the concept of employee ownership in the nation’s universities and MBA programs (a goal that we at the OEOC certainly applaud and support).

Scheduled for release in Summer 2012, you can view the trailer at the site linked above or on YouTube.

The Foundation for Enterprise Development was founded in 1986 by Dr. J. Robert Beyster. The Foundation’s mission is to promote broad-based employee ownership and entrepreneurism.

World’s First Professorship in Employee Ownership Endowed at Rutgers

The Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED) has committed $2 million—the largest gift in the history of Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) to establish the J. Robert Beyster Professorship of Employee Ownership.

The Beyster Professorship is SMLR’s first endowed professorship and, as far as can be determined, it is the first named chair in employee ownership established anywhere, according to SMLR Dean David Finegold.

Additionally, the school has announced the recipients of the 2010-2011 Beyster Fellowships that supports scholars in the field of employee ownership.

Dr. Beyster, who founded hugely successful SAIC Inc. in 1969, established the Foundation for Enterprise Development in 1986 to help promote the concept of broad-based, participative employee ownership and entrepreneurism. He currently serves as chair of the foundation.