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Addressing Economic Inequality and the Future of Work, Rutgers University Appoints 22 Research Fellows to Study Employee Share Ownership and Profit Sharing


Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing
the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, the world's first
academic institute dedicated to researching capital shares and their
impact on the economy, today unveiled its 2018-19 class of research
fellows and announced two endowments to support the program.

Awarded on a competitive basis, the fellowships will enable 22 scholars
from colleges, universities, and policy centers worldwide to research
the impact of broad-based employee share ownership, equity compensation,
gain sharing, profit sharing, and worker cooperatives. This marks the
10th year of the fellowship program and the first class of fellows
introduced since the Institute launched in March 2018.

In addition to appointing the new research fellows, the Institute today
announced two Founding Supporters. The Beyster Foundation for
Enterprise Development
has established the J. Robert Beyster Endowed
Fund with a $250,000 gift to support, in perpetuity, the Institute's
employee ownership research fellowships for applied practice and policy
development. The Employee Ownership Foundation has established a
$250,000 endowment to provide operational funding for research
fellowships and conferences in perpetuity.

The 2018-19 research fellows will convene at the Institute's annual
Beyster Symposium in La Jolla, California from June 24 – 27. They are:

  • Cecile Betit, Independent Researcher, Louis O. Kelso Fellow
  • Jennifer Briggs, Former Vice President of Human Resources and
    Organizational Development at employee-owned New Belgium Brewery,
    Executive Fellow
  • Robynn Cox, University of Southern California, Louis O. Kelso
  • James Hayton, Warwick Business School (UK), Beyster Fellow
  • Melissa Hoover, Democracy at Work Institute, Executive Fellow
  • Carla Ilten, University of Illinois at Chicago, George S.
    Pillsbury Fellow
  • Camille Kerr, The ICA Group, Executive Fellow
  • Jung ook Kim, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations,
    Louis O. Kelso Fellow
  • Michael Lee, Harvard Business School, Bill and Connie Nobles
  • Christopher Mackin, Rutgers School of Management and Labor
    Relations, Ray Carey Fellow
  • Lucas McGranahan, University of California at Santa Cruz, Corey
    Rosen Fellow
  • Phil Melizzo, College of Wooster, Joseph Cabral Fellow
  • Christopher Michael, Rutgers School of Management and Labor
    Relations, Louis O. Kelso Fellow
  • Bill Nobles, Retired CEO of Exxon Central Services, Executive
  • Graeme Nuttall OBE, Partner in the European law firm
    Fieldfisher (London) and former independent adviser to the UK
    Government on employee ownership, Executive Fellow
  • Erik Olsen, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Senior Fellow
  • Michael Paz, Cornell University, Rob Edwards Fellow
  • Nathan Schneider, University of Colorado at Boulder, Louis O.
    Kelso Fellow
  • Marshall Vance, University of Michigan, Joseph Cabral Fellow
  • Karla Walter, Center for American Progress, Louis O. Kelso
  • Dan Weltmann, Western Connecticut State University, Kevin Ruble
  • Trevor Young-Hyman, University of Pittsburgh, Bill and Connie
    Nobles Fellow

here for more information about the fellows and their research topics

Joseph Blasi, the J. Robert Beyster Distinguished Professor, is
the Director of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and
Profit Sharing at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. Douglas
, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Distinguished Professor,
and J. Robert Beyster Faculty Fellow, serves as Associate Director.
Blasi, Kruse, and Harvard Professor Richard Freeman, co-authors
of the book The
Citizens Share: Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century
, serve
as faculty mentors to the research fellows, joined by senior scholars at
other institutions.

The Beyster family established the research fellowship program and
endowed professorship in 2008. Today, it is one of the largest
fellowship programs at Rutgers University with a growing network of more
than 100 research fellows and faculty mentors around the world.

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Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations
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leading source of expertise on managing and representing workers,
designing effective organizations, and building strong employment

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