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Cataphora: Teaching Note

Authors: Lee, Moses; Goldstein, Amy
Product Type: Notes
Source: Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan
Publication Year: 2011

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This Teaching Note accompanies the "Cataphora: A Conscious Decision to Bootstrap" case.

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Cataphora: A Conscious Decision to Bootstrap

Authors: Lee, Moses; Goldstein, Amy
Product Type: Cases
Source: Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan
Publication Year: 2011

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At the beginning of 2007, Cataphora, an employee]owned, bootstrapped software company was at a crossroads. The Vice President of Sales, Jonathan Nystrom, had been struck by a family emergency that would force him to take a temporary leave of absence from the company. This situation would have a significant negative impact on any start]up with a small sales force; for an entirely bootstrapped company, it was potentially disastrous.

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Reimagining Capitalism

Author:
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Nation
Publication Year: 2011

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This special edition of The Nation brings together a wide range of articles on new ways to shape capitalism, and to work on economic recovery.

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Use Equity (Stock) to Motivate Your Key Employees

Authors: Honeycutt, Paul; Smith, Ronald
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2011

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Business owners who set up employee incentive plans generally do so to motivate their employees to work harder and smarter. There are several types of equity-based incentive plans owners can use to achieve these purposes...

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Creating a High-Performing Workplace

Author: Staubus, Martin
Product Type: Interviews
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2011

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Beyster Institute Senior Consultant Martin Staubus is teaching a course entitled "Management 269: Creating a High-Performing Workplace." In this interview, Professor Staubus describes the course's five themes.

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Client Profile: Flexpak Corporation

Author: Zollars, Ron
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2011

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Flexpak Corporation, has been a leader in providing thermoforming and packaging services to its clients for many years. The employee-owned company, founded in 1974 by Donald Bond is headquartered a few minutes from downtown Phoenix, Ariz.

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Employees Matter

Author: Broughton, Anne Claire
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: SJF Institute
Publication Year: 2011

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Increasing numbers of businesses view their employees not as a mere cost but as invaluable contributors for business success. These firms are implementing strategies to fully engage employees at all levels. The Employees Matter report identifies sixteen fast growing entrepreneurial firms that employ employee ownership and engagement strategies which they perceive as directly linked with improved business performance. Eight other notable companies with key lessons to share are included as sidebar profiles.

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Taking Stock: Are Employee Options Good for Business?

Author: Knowledge@W.P. Carey
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Knowledge@W.P. Carey
Publication Year: 2011

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Many workers view stock options as a way to get a piece of their company's action and share a stake in its overall performance. But what's in it for employers?

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Client Profile: Los Angeles Engineering

Author: Zollars, Ron
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2011

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Learn more about a unique engineering company that has been providing critical infrastructure services throughout southern California since 1986...

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2011 Employee Ownership Executive Briefing Featuring Michael Keeling

Author: Keeling, Michael
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: The Beyster Institute, Rady School of Management’s Executive Speaker Series
Publication Year: 2011

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Michael Keeling, president of the ESOP Association explores the outlook for employee ownership in general and the ESOP model in the 21st century...

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Inclusive Capitalism for the American Workforce: Reaping the Rewards of Economic Growth through Broad-based Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing

Authors: Freeman, Richard B.; Blasi, Joseph; Kruse, Douglas L.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Center for American Progress
Publication Year: 2011

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What can be done to reverse the economic disparity in our nation and restore prosperity for all? This paper lays out a policy reform that will help restore the link between economic growth and the earnings of workers so that the recovery re-establishes a prosperous middle class. The reform encourages firms to develop broad-based incentive compensation systems that link employee earnings to the performance of the firm. This reform would give employees access to the capital-related earnings of their companies comparable to that of the senior executives who run these firms.

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Elizabeth Jacobs: Price-Earnings Ratios and Employee Stock Option Grants

Author: Hawkins, David F.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Elizabeth had a number of concerns related to the heavy use of employee stock options as incentives and employee compensation in the high-technology sector...

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Employee Ownership: Making It Work

Author: Johnson, Jennifer
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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Employee ownership is a persuasive concept for many, owners and employees alike. But how to decide if an ESOP or other equity model is the right alternative, how to get started, and how to keep the model working once it is in place? This Reading Collection includes a selection of material related to the nuts and bolts of ESOP and other equity models.

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The Employee Ownership Culture

Author: Johnson, Jennifer
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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How to establish a positive employee culture and use it to promote the good of the company are key questions for business leaders. Supporters of employee-owned businesses argue that instilling an ownership culture creates the type of human resource environment necessary for corporate success. This Reading Collection includes material related to the organizational cultures of companies using employee and stock ownership, profit sharing, and other incentive-based compensation models.

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Employee Ownership and Performance

Author: Johnson, Jennifer
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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Companies choose employee ownership models for many reasons, including better governance, succession planning, cultural, or other reasons, but in all cases one of the critical questions to ask is "How is employee ownership related to performance?"

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SAIC (A, B)

From Conception to Succession (1969-2003); The Recent Years (2003-Present)

Authors: Hall, William; Lee, Moses
Product Type: Cases
Source: Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan
Publication Year: 2011

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At the start, Dr. Beyster made the decision that SAIC would be employee owned and that ownership would be based on merit and contribution to the company, not tenure. Using employee ownership as a selling point to prospective hires, Dr. Beyster was able to recruit talented employees and build a successful organizational culture. However, changes made after Dr. Beyster stepped down would have implications for SAIC's company culture...

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Australian Employee Ownership Association

Author: Australian Employee Ownership Association
Product Type: Web Sites
Source: Australian Employee Ownership Association
Publication Year: 2011

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The AEOA serves to protect its member's interests through monitoring government activity and mobilising members and the community to protect the gains that employee ownership has made and the rights of employees in Employee Share Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and other employee share schemes.

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European Federation of Employee Shareownership

Author: European Federation of Employee Share Ownership
Product Type: Web Sites
Source: European Federation of Employee Share Ownership
Publication Year: 2011

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The European Federation of Employee Share Ownership (EFES) acts as the umbrella organization of employee owners, companies and all persons, trade unions, experts, researchers, institutions looking to promote employee ownership and participation in Europe.

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Help with CLEO

Authors: Barr, Garrett; Beyster, Mary Ann; Darr, Rebecca; Johnson, Jennifer; Zollars, Ron
Product Type:
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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Employee Ownership: News and Updates

Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Product Type: Web Sites
Source:
Publication Year: 2011

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A number of websites related to employee ownership maintain blogs and other news feeds designed to help you stay up to date...

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More than Merely Sustainable

Author: Mathews, Anthony
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2010

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The sustainability debate continues in the employee-ownership community. The fear that employee-owned companies will not be strong enough to survive without significant outside capital, which will end their employee ownership, is still very widespread...

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Trends in Employee Ownership: Important Demographic Developments

Author: Staubus, Martin
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2010

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As the baby boom approaches retirement, prospects for employee ownership are ramping up...

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Mid-Missouri Energy

Authors: Weber, James; Shelman, Mary; Reinhardt, Forest L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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Mid-Missouri Energy is a farmer-owned cooperative created to take advantage of the growing interest in ethanol as an automotive fuel.

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Mid-Missouri Energy: Ethanol from Corn

Authors: Holbrook, Noel Michele; Weber, James; Sartor, Karla; Reinhardt, Forest L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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Mid-Missouri Energy is a farmer-owned cooperative created to take advantage of the growing interest in ethanol as an automotive fuel.

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Agricultural Cooperatives: Origins, Structure, Financing and Partnerships

Authors: Goldberg, Ray A.; Preble, Matthew
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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This technical note explains how agricultural cooperatives are structured and financed, as well as how they form partnerships with one another and other elements of the food system.

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How to Level the Compensation Playing Field: Employee Ownership

Author: Mortished, Carl
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Globe and Mail
Publication Year: 2010

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Outrage over pay differentials between company workers and directors is making political waves in Britain. One solution? Employee ownership.

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Employee Ownership and the Entrepreneurial Spirit: The Case of HCSS

Authors: Roche, Olivier; Shipper, Frank
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University
Publication Year: 2010

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Heavy Construction Systems Specialists, Inc. [HCSS] designs and sells hi-tech software to the heavy/highway construction industry. The case describes a unique corporate culture that has made HCSS a business success in a highly competitive industry.

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Employee Ownership in Traditional Industries

Author: Johnson, Jennifer
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2010

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One of the most significant changes to business in the twentieth century was the shift from more traditional manufacturing and basic industries to high technology and services. As the cases and other material in this Collection illustrate, a number of companies have been able to overcome these challenges not by removing more employees from the equation, as with outsourcing, but by instead integrating employees more closely into their organizational and governance structures.

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Employee Ownership, Technology and Innovation

Author: Johnson, Jennifer
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2010

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Increased employee participation encourages the same traits that high-tech companies often look to encourage in their organizations: employee motivation, team work, innovation, involvement, and constructive culture. The following Collection includes material on a number of companies at the cutting edge of technology development as well as several companies with less high-profile products, but who nevertheless emphasize both technological development and innovation.

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Employee Ownership in the Airline Industry

Author: Johnson, Jennifer
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2010

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One of the most visible examples of employee ownership in companies has been in the airline industry, where players like Southwest and United have made efforts to increase employee participation, responsibility and ownership. This Reading Collection features case and other material highlighting airlines' experiences with employee ownership.

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KCI Technologies, Inc.

Engineering the Future, One Employee at a Time

Authors: Street, Vera L.; Weer, Christy; Shipper, Frank
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University
Publication Year: 2010

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KCI, a multi-disciplined engineering firm, has undergone a number of transformations over the last several decades. It started as a basement dream, was acquired and sold-off by a larger firm, and has emerged as a multi-million dollar employee-owned organization.

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Starting Over in Lexington

Author: Stack, Jack
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2010

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The folks at our Lexington, Ky. plant are well on their way to becoming owners of their company, all part of our plan to turn the operation around and make it profitable again.

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Employee-owned Company Marks 100-year Milestone

Author: Atkinson, Cathryn
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Globe and Mail
Publication Year: 2010

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The way the McElhanney Group is organized has helped foster a positive, profitable culture. Forty per cent of the key staff, around 320 staff members, own 100 per cent of the shares. Mr. Newcomb says this drives the success of the company collectively.

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Jimmy Fu and Moog, Inc.: Understanding Shareholders' Equity

Author: Chapman, Craig J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2010

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The case introduces students to the concepts of employee stock options, stock-splits and buybacks, multiple share classes, and the basics of equity investment and diversification.

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Challenges of Growth at Protegra

Author: Travica, Bob
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2010

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Protegra is a small company established in 1998 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The company specializes in the area of computer software development and business performance consulting. Protegra features a unique organizational design, characterized by a lack of hierarchy and a collegial, professional culture centred on employee and customer values. Various information systems support Protegra's design. In the process of expanding into foreign markets and enlarging staff, Protegra has been concerned with preserving its way.

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Launch of Durra: Women in Islamic Banking

Authors: Wesley, David T.A.; Roth, Alexandra
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2010

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The case focuses on the vice-president and regional head of corporate banking for Noor Islamic Bank in Dubai as she arrives in the United States to promote the first global network for women in Islamic banking and finance, known as Durra.

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Video: Does Employee Ownership Work? Corey Rosen, Executive Director, NCEO Discusses Whether Employee Ownership Is Working

MGT 401 Professional Seminar

Author: Rosen, Corey
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: National Center for Employee Ownership, Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2010

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Video of a presentation by Corey Rosen, Executive Director of the National Center for Employee Ownership, at the Beyster Institute.

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Show Me the Money: Does Shared Capitalism Share the Wealth?

Authors: Buchele, Robert; Kruse, Douglas; Rodgers, Loren; Scharf, Adria
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options, University of Chicago Press
Publication Year: 2010

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This paper examines the effect of a variety of employee stock ownership programs – including ESOPs and broad based stock options – on employees’ holdings of their employers’ stock, their earnings and their wealth.

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Who Benefits from Shared Capitalism? The Social Stratification of Wealth and Power in Companies with Employee Ownership

Author: Carberry, Edward J.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options, University of Chicago Press
Publication Year: 2010

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This paper analyzes social stratification in patterns of access to shared capitalism programs, the value of shared capitalist plan assets, and access to workplace power and authority in a sample of over 40,000 employees in 14 companies with various forms of shared capitalism in the United States.

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Does Employee Ignorance Undermine Shared Capitalism?

Author: Budd, John W.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options, University of Chicago Press
Publication Year: 2010

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This paper analyzes a survey of employees from multiple companies to assess the extent to which employees are ignorant about company, group, and individual-based incentive pay plans and ESOPs.

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Do Workers Gain by Sharing? Employee Outcomes under Employee Ownership, Profit Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options

Authors: Kruse, Douglas; Freeman, Richard B.; Blasi, Joseph
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options, University of Chicago Press
Publication Year: 2010

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Apart from the extreme cases that get publicized, are employee stock ownership plans generally good or bad for workers?

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How Does Shared Capitalism Affect Economic Performance in the UK?

Authors: Bryson, Alex; Freeman, Richard B.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options, University of Chicago Press
Publication Year: 2010

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This paper uses nationally representative linked workplace-employee data from the British 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey to examine the operation of shared capitalist forms of pay—profit-sharing and group pay for performance, employee share ownership, and stock options—and their link to productivity.

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Complementarity of Shared Compensation and Decision-Making Systems: Evidence from the American Labor Market

Authors: Dube, Arindrajit; Freeman, Richard B.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options, University of Chicago Press
Publication Year: 2010

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In the 1990s an increasing proportion of US firms moved toward compensation systems that made part of pay depend on the economic performance of work-groups or the firm.

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Risk and Lack of Diversification under Employee Ownership and Shared Capitalism

Authors: Markowitz, Harry M.; Blasi, Joseph; Kruse, Douglas
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options, University of Chicago Press
Publication Year: 2010

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This paper addresses whether the risk in shared capitalism makes it unwise for most workers or whether the risk can be managed to limit much of the loss of utility from holding the extra risk.

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Worker Responses to Shirking under Shared Capitalism

Authors: Freeman, Richard B.; Kruse, Douglas; Blasi, Joseph
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options, University of Chicago Press
Publication Year: 2010

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Group incentive systems have to overcome the free rider or 1/N problem, which gives workers an incentive to shirk, if they are to succeed.

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Shared Capitalism in the US Economy: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Employee Views of Financial Participation in Enterprises

Authors: Park, Rhokeun; Kruse, Douglas; Blasi, Joseph
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options, University of Chicago Press
Publication Year: 2010

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Between one-third and one-half of employees participate directly in company performance through profit sharing, gain sharing, employee ownership, or stock options.

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CHART Rehabilitation of Hawaii

Authors: Daniel, Shirley J.; Tekin, Ozge
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Publication Year: 2010

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Frieda Takaki took a deep breath, filling her senses. She was about to make a very difficult decision. She took off her shoes, placed them next to her desk and started pacing her office barefoot as she was thinking aloud. “I can’t let this business close down,” she whispered. “I have to do something about it.” The answer was now abundantly clear: why wouldn’t the employees buy the business from the owners?

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ESOP: Employee Ownership of Companies on the Rise

Author: Case, Nancy Humphrey
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Publication Year: 2010

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The ESOP – Employee Stock Ownership Plan – is, slowly, on the rise. These worker-owned businesses are more productive and could benefit the American economy.

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Using an ESOP to Liquidate a Portion of the Value of a Family Business

Author: Staubus, Martin
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Beyster Institute; Family Firm Institute
Publication Year: 2010

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Technically, an ESOP is a retirement plan and serves the purpose of accumulating retirement savings for the company’s employees. In practice, however, they can act as a cash buyer of private company stock, thus creating a source of liquidity for the company’s owners.

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Maui Divers of Hawaii

Authors: Daniel, Shirley J.; Tekin, Ozge
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Publication Year: 2010

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Maui Divers established its employee ownership plan in 1997. Maui Divers store managers/employee owners embrace the business as their own. Although the final decision belongs to the company management team, store managers excel in increasing sales and they continuously come up with business plans in order to make the business better.

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