The purpose of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing is to study the various models that have emerged and will emerge of employee ownership shares and profit shares in the corporation and society of the United States and around the world. The Institute will study approaches that broaden financial participation and inclusion in the economy and business organizations, and allow employees to be fully engaged and share the rewards of their work.  


The Institute studies the incidence, functioning, benefits, and costs of a wide variety of models of employee share ownership and profit sharing. It makes both empirical datasets and qualitative case studies widely available for education and research. Two notable books by Institute scholars are The Citizen’s Share: Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century and Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing and Broad-based Stock Options.

The Institute encourages the work of scholars through the J. Robert Beyster Professorship and a national competitive Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program includes both senior scholars and recognized experts as Faculty Fellows and Mentors, Executive Fellows, and Senior Fellows. 

The Institute convenes the two largest scholarly conferences in the country and the world on these issues, The Beyster Symposium and the Mid-Year Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso.

The Institute develops and disseminates educational materials to encourage graduate and undergraduate education at Rutgers and other colleges through the Curriculum Library for Employee Ownership

The Institute makes available the film, We The Owners, along with related teaching materials, to assist educators with educational material for students.

The Institute has a NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership that provides technical assistance, executive, professional, and employee education to businesses and individuals exploring employee share ownership. It is affiliated with the non-profit National Center for Employee Ownership.

The institute conducts research on employee ownership. It has recently launched the National ESOP Employee Survey Project that will build a database of about 10,000 employee surveys of ESOP workers in 10-20 companies across the country. ESOP firms of all sizes and industries are invited to participate, and in return will receive an individual report on their company at no cost.

Research Fellows of the institute serve as the Editors and Associate Editors of the academic Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership of Emerald Publishing.


The Institute's programs are supported by major grants from the J. Robert Beyster Endowment at Rutgers, Mary Ann Beyster and the Beyster Foundation for Enterprise Development, Citi Community Development, the Joseph Cabral Endowment, Carta.com, The Employee Ownership Foundation, Google.org, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, John Menke of Menke and Associates, the Open Society Foundations, the Abby Rockefeller Endowment, and Wawa Inc.

Curriculum Library for Employee Ownership (CLEO)

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CLEO is the largest global online library on employee ownership and includes more than 700 materials (e.g. videos, cases, syllabi, teaching modules, and reading collections) on a broad range of topics on employee ownership.

We the Owners: The Film

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What does it mean to have employee share ownership? In the documentary film We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream, employee owners from New Belgium Brewing, Namasté Solar and DPR Construction answer this important question.